I hate chicken foot with a passion. You could put it in soup or in stew; the very sight of these things makes me feel sick. But put it in a souse and add a little pepper, onions and chadon beni and all qualms about chicken foot disappears. Like pigfoot souse, chicken foot souse is another “liming food” we Trinis love to eat and I have to stress on the “love to eat”.
Chicken Foot Souse Recipe
Wherever there is a lime or a football match or a fete look out for chicken foot souse. The vendors could be seen with their souse in a large “pigtail bucket“* stirring with a “pot spoon“** to get at the chicken feet that may have sunk to the bottom of the bucket, while they “organize” a cup for a customer or two.
Yes! a cup of chicken foot souse. Chicken foot souse is sold in styrotex cups, just like geera pork or geera chicken, and could go for about $5.00 depending on the size of the cup. I’m not sure where this idea came from with serving of these finger foods in the cups, but it seems to me that it is more common sense to serve it this way. Could you imagine in a football match your team scores a goal and you jump for joy with a plate of chicken foot souse? All I could say is that it will be raining chicken foot on the pavilion…. So you see the practicality of using a cup: plus it is easier to dispose of easy; clean up.
A Few Point
A few points to note when you’re making chicken foot souse:
1. Try to get fresh chicken foot. I find the frozen ones at the supermarket, from experience, tend to taste a little stale so get fresh chicken foot if possible.
2. Use lots of lime or lemon to wash the chicken foot, especially if you don’t like the fresh scent but note that if you’re using lemon you may have to use more.
3. Do not put the souse in the refrigerator. It will make the chicken foot get tough to eat. This goes for all souse. We once made pig foot souse and put in the fridge and when it was time to eat everything was one coagulated mess.
Well! I think I’ve said a bit on chicken foot souse to get you started and help you avoid some of my mistakes, so here’s chicken foot souse.
CHICKEN FOOT SOUSE
1 lb chicken foot
4 cloves garlic
1 large onion
20 leaves chadon beni
salt to taste
2 pimento peppers
1 hot pepper
Use 1 lemon to wash. Add salt and two cloves of garlic.
* pickled pigtail is imported in buckets that are recycled and used to store from water to dry goods like flour and rice in the home…also souse.
**A large spoon used when cooking.