Did you know that Nigeria and Canada are neighboring countries? In fact if you studied geography, you will see the point where both countries overlap. This explains why people from Kogi State automatically have dual citizenship.
Go on, check your world map. Can you see it?
Put down the alcohol.
Okay, on a more serious note, I wonder why Canadian restaurants have not yet embraced this FABULOUS version of poutine. You see, poutine is one of Canada’s
only greatest inventions and Suya is one of Nigeria’s best – after Jollof (yeah I know it’s not originally Nigerian, please shift). And of course after Fried Plantain – in my mind plantain originates from Nigeria and I won’t hear otherwise.
Anyway, it would seem like a no-brainer that with the trillions of Nigerians in Canada, at least they will adopt small of our country’s food. Is it too much to ask? I don’t think so. Anyway, until then, we will make it ourselves.
- Beef (cut into strips)
- Suya spice
- 2 tbsp corn starch or flour
- 1 cup chicken/beef broth
- Bell peppers
- Black pepper
- Cheese curds (shredded cheddar cheese works too, but the original recipe calls for curds)
- Fries (i.e. fried potato strips)
- In a small pot, heat chicken/beef stock to simmering point
- Dissolve flour or cornstarch in the minimum amount of water needed to make a thin paste
- Pour into pot with stock and whisk till gravy begins to thicken
- Optional: add 3 teaspoons of milk/cream to make gravy creamy
- Taste for salt and season as needed
- Put beef slices in a bowl and add a little oil - just enough to coat it
- Pour the suya spice into a separate bowl and roll the beef in it to coat it thoroughly
- Arrange the beef pieces on an oven grill pan and place a baking pan under it to prevent the juices from spilling all over the oven
- Preheat the oven at 350F and place the beef in for 10 mins
- Then brush the chicken pieces with oil on both sides, and place back in the oven till it is fully cooked.
- For garnishing
- In a small pan, fry the onions and bell peppers with 1 tsp of oil till tender. Season with salt and black pepper
- Put fries in a dish and layer the suya on top, followed by bell peppers, onions and cheese curds. Drizzle hot gravy over it - you will notice that the cheese begins to melt. Yummmm
- Serve immediately