Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Watch out - we're really Jew-y now

We're coming to one of the ultimate Jew foods, folks: Chopped Liver. You know who loves chopped liver? Partly Jewish boys. I'm not sure why, but as far as I could tell, the only people who truly enjoyed the chopped liver were Adam, Zack and Matt (although I bet Meredith would have liked it. But she wasn't there). My recipe comes once again from Joan Nathan (maybe I should just buy this cookbook - although it's never unavailable at the library). A warning - if you serve it, it will provoke about a bazillion "what am I, chopped liver?" jokes before the evening is over.

Chopped Chicken Liver

1/2 pound chicken livers (I got organic ones from Whole Foods - you really don't want substandard liver)
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
2 Tbs chicken fat (if you can get it. I couldn't. I used olive oil - but received some complaints from aforementioned partly Jewish boys)
2 hard boiled eggs
salt and pepper

1. Broil the livers lightly and quickly. This is a kosher law thing and could totally be skipped if you're not kosher. Which I'm not. But I did it anyways.

2. Saute livers with onions and celery in the fat of your choice until the onions are golden brown.

3. Place the mixture in a bowl with the eggs. I prechopped the eggs.

4. Then chop it all with a hand chopper like this one.

Or you could use a food processor - which I have, but I wanted everything a little chunkier and less paste-y. Add salt and pepper and serve with crackers. This is not a dish for everyone - but I dug it. Get the chicken fat if you can though. Next year, I will.


David Borgen said...

another disgusting looking recipe...make something more attractive...like the lovely challah...enough jewish foods...don't you make anything else?

Meredith said...

Of course I'd love it, had I been there. I couldn't find chicken fat either, and ended up using bacon fat, which was obviously not very Jew-ey at all, but no one seemed to mind.

Wow. Don't judge the weird looking food, Mr. Borgen. Just because a food isn't pretty, or is Jewish in origin, doesn't mean it shouldn't get fair and balanced coverage. Power to ugly ethnic foods!!!

Randy Shiner said...

Presentation is important. Can't you make it look better? It does look like mosh. Though with your ingredients, it may not matter - after all, it goes to the same place, yes?