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Skilpadjie Recipe | Zola Nene

Skilpadjies are a traditional South African braai starter, chicken livers wrapped in bacon. They are also know by other names such as ”muise”, “vlermuise” and “pofadder”.

The dish is traditionally made with minced lamb’s liver wrapped in netvet which is the fatty membrane that surrounds the kidneys.

This skilpadjie recipe is made with chicken livers which are far more popular nowadays.

The name skilpadjie means “little tortoise” while the other names translate from muise to “mice”, vlermuise to “bats” and pofadder to “puffadder”..

Skilpadjie Recipe | Zola Nene

Serving: 4 | Prep: 10 min | Cooking: 5 min | Total: 15 min


Chicken Livers 500
Paprika 1 teaspoon
Oregano 1 teaspoon
Salt a pinch
Streaky Bacon 250 g
Dipping sauce:
Soy Sauce 1/4 teaspoon
Honey 3 tablespoons
Chilli Flakes a pinch
Coriander 2 tablespoons

1 . Pat the chicken livers dry with kitchen towel
2 . Season with paprika, oregano and some salt & pepper
3 . Wrap each chicken liver is a slice of streaky bacon
4 . Fix with a toothpick
5 . Onto the braai and cook until the bacon is crispy and the liver cooked
The 5 minites specified is a guide line

For the Dipping Sauce:
1 . Mix together the soy sauce, honey, chilli flakes and corander

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