Ji Dzar II

I had a wonderful fortuitous iksperience recently   ….   Sometimes when you are doing routine stuff the unexpected happens ….

This started out as a completely innocent iksperiment with peanuts, chicken hearts, and chicken gizzards …. Then things changed  … well   ….  I will let you decide whether you think I did the right thing.

I talked about cooking gizzards in a recent post …. I this post might make more sense if you read Ji Dzar first.

I guess cooking gizzards might not be routine for all of you … recently I have been on a gizzard kick …. No I have never been kicked in the gizzard …. Nor have I ever punched or kicked a living human in the gizzard … nor a cadaver for that matter  …  I think cadavers should be treated with more respect than any living human … early in my short medical career I did have the opportunity of working with a cadaver … I wasn’t allowed to cut  but just to inspect and reassemble … I saw and handled all of the internal organs ….I didn’t see any gizzard . … as a youth I had the opportunity of disassembling many chickens … they all had gizzards … if there had been a gizzard in the cadaver I would have recognized it.

 

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I used four one pound packages of hearts and gizzards.

When I started cooking the gizzards  I put some salt on them …. Then I thought better of it … I was going to add salty peanuts later  … I might have put too much salt on them  …

Then I decided that I would soak the peanuts … soaked peanuts are wonderful … salt is no longer a problem … the salt is either drunk whilst sampling  or it is washed away.

 

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I let the giblets cook on low for a couple of hours  … I checked them several times along the way … at 2:15 I went to check on the gizzards ….  I was quite alarmed by the smell …. There were similarities to other iksperiments that had gone awry …. My first fears were of burned utensils and burned contents …. I will confess that I have burned things more than once … way more than once  …. I set timers to remind me to go check … if the timer escapes my pocket and is in some other location when it chimes … well you get the picture.

I rapidly approached the stove ….

TURN OFF …

grab pan

lift pan off burner ….

removed lid ….

There was No smoke! … just a pleasing smell  …. I inspected it more … there was a nice toasted layer on the bottom … just a perfect golden brown ….

Wow that was perfect timing ….  Perfectly Toasted Gizzard juice … I got there before it started to burn   … 2 hours and 15 minutes into the cook … so fortunate ….  It would be real hard to do that on purpose … and it tastes so good

 

I suppose all of you cooks have noticed the Jello that appears when cooking animal parts … I expect there is lots of Jello in this toasted gizzard juice  crust  …. Perfectly toasted gizzard juice Jello crust …  it peeled off of the pan so easily … I couldn’t have asked for a finer outcome  …

then I added the Imperial  …

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Added a stick and a half of imperial …. I stirred it around  … then taste tested it again  … wow even better … so much better than I had anticipated or ikspected.

… in retrospect I am glad that I put the salt on the gizzards early on  … it made the toast just right … you might say the salt made it the toast of the town … or pan  …

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Wow just superb  …. I really didn’t want to mess this great dish up by trying the peanut experiment  … so I compromised  … I ate a little of the Gizzard Juice Crust Surprise with a few soaked peanuts

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Yes it was really good  ….. but I am going to keep the rest of it peanut free …. I will just eat it all …  the way it is

Now the question is “what do I do next time?”  ….  do I try to perfect the crusting technique?  …  or ….  do I  go on with the peanut experiments? ….

Maybe I will eventually do both

A trusted advisor suggested that we should pace ourselves … if word gets out about this delight  … if everybody runs to Wall-mart to buy gizzards    … the merchandisers might catch on and raise the gizzard price.

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