Now that I have my own offspring to
torture influence, I want to make sure that I create my own culinary traditions, having very few of my own to pass down.* I’m having a great time with it already, picking only my very favorite things and then decreeing them Tradition to my unsuspecting young family. It’s just splendid.
Enter chopped liver. Did I eat it ONCE growing up? No, dude. Even my Dad, who actually grew up Jewish didn’t eat chopped liver growing up because kids are pretty much of the mind that it’s gross. And my husband remembers, growing up, something like: his mom would eat chopped liver while his dad would eat pickled herring, and he and his brother and sister starved to death. But that doesn’t matter! In my world of DIY-Tradition, chopped liver is very Ganz. We eat it every Passover….Starting now.
3 Tablespoons Butter
3 Tablespoons Shmaltz (or 3 more tablespoons butter)
1 Yellow Onion, diced
2 cloves Garlic, minced
2 lbs Chicken Livers, cleaned and patted dry
2 Teaspoons Paprika
2 Green Onions, chopped
1 cup Parlsey, chopped
salt and pepper, to taste
6 Eggs, hard-boiled, peeled, chopped
In a large saute pan, heat butter and schmaltz. Add onions and garlic, and saute over medium heat for about 10 minutes, until the garlic and onion are translucent, you know, stirring. Add the chicken livers, and cook for another 10-15 minutes, cooking the livers just until there is no pink remaining. Season with salt, pepper, and paprika, and remove from heat. Allow to cool slightly, and mix in the green onions, half of the parsley, and half of the chopped hard-boiled eggs. Allow to cool, and top with remaining eggs and parsley. Serve with apple slices, crackers, baguette, whatevs.
If you have no regard whatsoever for the nostrils of those closest to you, eat this stuff off of an everything-bagel-flavored pretzel chip. It’s choice.
* Ginger DID pretty much always make corn pudding and blueberry jello salad for Thanksgiving, so that could be an exception. And it seems like there were always deviled eggs around…but no definitive family recipe.