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Pickled Mollejitas

  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 2 hr 30 min
  • Ingredients 10
  • Servings 6

Ingredients

4
lb chicken gizzards
2
large white or yellow onions
1
red bell pepper, sliced
1
cup stuffed olives, sliced
8
garlic cloves, diced
4-6 bay leaves
2
cups olive oil
3/4
cup white vinegar
2
tablespoons black peppercorns
Salt to taste

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
% Daily Value
% Daily Value*:
Exchanges:
Free
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
No nutrition information available for this recipe

Expert Tips

Pickled mollejitas can be prepared the day before and kept chilled until ready to serve.

Christmas in Puerto Rico features a delicious meal that includes coquito or ron cañita (a local alcoholic drink). A holiday staple is pickled mollejitas (gizzards), with or without bananas, served with arroz con grandules (rice with pigeon peas), macaroni salad, pasteles or lechón asado (roast suckling pig). Pickled mollejitas can also be served in small disposable cups as an appetizer for parties, birthdays and get-togethers. As you can see, there’s hardly a celebration that doesn’t include this tasty bocadito!

You can add 5 or 6 bananas to this recipe. Just boil them first and cut them into thick slices (1/2 inches.)

Directions

  • 1 In a pot over medium heat, cook the mollejas until tender; this should take about two hours. If necessary, add more water while cooking.
  • 2 Once cooked, rinse, drain and let cool. When cool enough to handle, remove any visible fat or hard skin and cut into pieces. You can also cut the mollejas beforehand, but I find them easier to cut after cooking.
  • 3 Combine the rest of the ingredients in the pot, along with the chopped mollejas. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes or until the onions have softened.
  • 4 Remove from heat and let cool before serving. Serve at room temperature.

Christmas in Puerto Rico features a delicious meal that includes coquito or ron cañita (a local alcoholic drink). A holiday staple is pickled mollejitas (gizzards), with or without bananas, served with arroz con grandules (rice with pigeon peas), macaroni salad, pasteles or lechón asado (roast suckling pig). Pickled mollejitas can also be served in small disposable cups as an appetizer for parties, birthdays and get-togethers. As you can see, there’s hardly a celebration that doesn’t include this tasty bocadito!

Rate and Comment

Jeannette Quinones Jeannette Quinones
September 28, 2015

Christmas in Puerto Rico features a delicious meal that includes coquito or ron cañita (a local alcoholic drink). A holiday staple is pickled mollejitas (gizzards), with or without bananas, served with arroz con grandules (rice with pigeon peas), macaroni salad, pasteles or lechón asado (roast suckling pig). Pickled mollejitas can also be served in small disposable cups as an appetizer for parties, birthdays and get-togethers. As you can see, there’s hardly a celebration that doesn’t include this tasty bocadito!