Andrew Zimmern’s Kitchen Adventures
I developed a passion for eating and learned all about the joy that comes from cooking from my parents and Elizabeth Wakabayashi, the mother of one of my best friends. But the reason I was receptive to their ideas was because, when I was four, five and six, I would spend hours upon hours on a small stool in my Jewish grandmother’s kitchen on weekends, watching her cook for a small army. She always had enough food for twice as many people as required, cooked everything in schmaltz (chicken fat), laid out trays of bread rounds topped with butter and anchovies as hors d’oeuvres and, in general, kicked ass all over the kitchen. I loved watching her cook. For the next few weeks, I'll share some great holiday treats for everyone looking to celebrate the Festival of Lights. Hanukkah is a great time to share food with friends and family, and I have received dozens of emails asking for recipes, so here you go. The Zimmern family has been making chopped liver for a century; it’s just that Bubbe used to grind it. My grandmother made this to-die-for dish for every holiday.—Andrew ZimmernPlus: F&W’s Hanukkah Recipes Guide
2 large eggs
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup rendered chicken fat (schmaltz) (See Note)
1 onion, finely chopped
2 pounds chicken livers, trimmed
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
Matzo, for serving
How to Make It
In a small saucepan, cover the eggs with cold water and bring to a boil; cook over moderate heat for 10 minutes. Drain the eggs and immediately fill the pan with cold water. Add ice and let the eggs stand until chilled. Drain the eggs, peel and coarsely chop.
In a very large skillet, melt the butter in 1/4 cup of the chicken fat. Add the onion and cook over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until softened and just starting to brown, about 10 minutes. Season the livers with salt and pepper and add them to the skillet. Cook over moderately high heat, turning occasionally, until barely pink inside, about 8 minutes.
Scrape the mixture into the bowl of a food processor and let cool slightly. Add the chopped eggs and pulse until the livers are finely chopped but not completely smooth. Add the parsley and the remaining 1/4 cup of chicken fat and pulse to combine. Season with salt and pepper.
Transfer the chicken liver to a bowl. Press plastic wrap onto the surface and refrigerate until chilled, about 45 minutes. Serve with the matzo.
The chopped liver can be refrigerated overnight.
Rendered chicken fat (schmaltz) is available in the refrigerated section of most supermarkets.
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Review Body: Greetings to all,
I was looking for a kosher recipe for chopped liver. This recipe may have been revised by a goy - a non-Jew. It could never have made by a Kosher Jewish Bubbe - grandmother.
Butter cannot be used with chicken fat or chicken liver.
This recipe calls for raw liver. Liver is only permitted AFTER it is broiled according to Jewish Law.
I wish you all good health - "ah bee gezunt"
Date Published: 2017-10-10
Author Name: Frank Hochman
Review Body: Butter with chicken livers? Recipe is obviously for Easter, not Passover.
Date Published: 2018-04-07
Author Name: mohair3
Review Body: I love chicken livers but whenever I fry them they are never good and I miss them because it's hard to find good fried chicken livers. I have made many chicken liver recipes but on the first spoonful of this heavenly concoction, I was in heaven. This is the most delicious liver recipe I have ever had. The texture is soft and silky and the flavor of the liver just perfect. I just rendered some chicken fat prior to making it.
Review Rating: 5
Date Published: 2017-12-05
Author Name: Andrea Hydock
Review Body: Who knew the family recipe handed down in our family for "Chopped Liver" was the same as Andrew Zimmern's? Perhaps long lost relatives from the old country? Well, for this young Bubbe, a welcomed surprise it is. Now I am even more excited to make this tomorrow. Usually my Mom and I make it every time we are together, however this year we will make it over the phone together. Thank you so very much for rekindling the memories of my Mom's holiday gatherings. One day I hope to be the Bubbe to teach all my young ones sitting on stools in my kitchen. Be Well and Have Peace
Review Rating: 5
Date Published: 2018-01-06
Author Name: Shannon Stamey
Review Body: how long will it keep? thanks!
Date Published: 2017-01-01
Author Name: Marion Boomer Hauser
Review Body: Delicious! And I deglazed the liver pan with a little red wine. Took it up a notch! :)