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Val's Hungarian Jewish Chopped Liver

Rated as 4.32 out of 5 Stars

"If this dish asks you, 'What am I, chopped liver?!' you can say, 'Yes!'. I'm particular about using Hungarian paprika, faithful to my roots! You can use a food processor to 'mash' the livers, but the result is too refined for my taste, too much like a pate; traditional chopped liver is lumpy! If you're willing to do the mixing with your hands, you'll get the best results. NOTE: Under NO circumstances should you add beef or any other kind of liver or filler; this will spoil the flavor. Enjoy!"
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servings 258
Original recipe yields 8 servings


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  1. In a large skillet, heat oil and butter over medium high heat. Saute the diced onion until fairly soft. Add chicken livers and saute over high heat, stirring frequently. When livers are cooked through (no longer pink inside and the juices run clear), remove livers and onions from heat and place in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Mash livers with a potato masher. You will need to use your fingers, removing the membranes as you go (the livers will be quite juicy; be sure to leave the juice in). In a separate bowl, mash the eggs and add to the liver. Add the grated or finely chopped raw onion and chopped green onions and mix all together. The liver mixture should still be warm, and will slightly cook the onions. Season mixture with salt and pepper to taste and add at least 1 tablespoon paprika (more if desired, or if you're Hungarian!). Add 1 tablespoon chopped parsley. Mix well with a large spoon and refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours.
  3. To Serve: Place lettuce leaves on plates, top with chopped liver and sprinkle generously with paprika and 1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley. Garnish with sprigs of fresh parsley. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 258 calories; 14.1 8.5 24.4 573 116 Full nutrition

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Val, how do I thank you. My Jewish husband asked me to make chopped liver when we were planning to entertain some of our Jewish friends. I had never made any kind of liver, so I didn't even kn...

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I made this for my hubby hoping to enojy it myself. I couldn't eat it b/c i still remember what it looked like uncooked! Smells good but VERY dry! Not at all like i've eaten before or expected.

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Val, how do I thank you. My Jewish husband asked me to make chopped liver when we were planning to entertain some of our Jewish friends. I had never made any kind of liver, so I didn't even kn...

I made this for my in-laws on Mother’s Day and it was a hit. The only thing I changed, to make this recipe more traditional, was I use chicken fat instead of oleo. My in-laws couldn’t get enough...

This is an amazing recipe! I never thought I'd be able to top my mother's famous Jewish chopped liver, but, well, sorry mom!

Looked for a good recipe for this forever, and this is it..Simply wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

5 stars isn't enough! I made this for an appetizer and served with small pita breads and thinly sliced pumpernickel bread. I did omit the additional white onion and parsley in the mixture. My h...

traditional and delicious! This will easily serve 12 as an appetizer.

This turned out very good. I may have over salted it a bit, but I rectified that by adding about a quarter cup of white wine. This made it really good and helped the consistency as well. Don'...

This is the real thing. Tastes just like my mother used to make.

I tried this receipe and I liked it. but I make it without the eggs and it is really easy to prepare .