Recipe 8 of 103
This one is for my Mom, she loves chicken livers. This is from the chapter called “nibbles” April serves this at the Spotted Pig in NY, it’s a staple on her menu. I will admit I hated liver growing up, my mom tried her best to get me to like it, but I wasn’t having it. Later in my life I fell in love with pate, so liver and me have since made friends. This dish is so easy and delicious.
Here is what you will need
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, more for drizzling
heaping 1/4 cup finely chopped shallots
1 large clove garlic, peeled and thinly sliced
2 tablespoons madeira
2 tablespoons port
1/2 pound chicken livers (get good livers, Mary’s organic air chilled are divine! can be purchased at whole
foods paycheck ) trimmed and separated into lobes
small handful of parsley leaves
crusty thick bread for the toasts
Chop the shallots and slice the garlic like thisHeat a saute pan with 2 tablespoons of oil, when its nice and hot add the shallots, saute for a minute or so then add the garlic, cook until shallots and garlic are softened but not too browned.Deglaze the pan with the Port and Madeira, be careful the alcohol may start to flame up. Quickly remove from heat, stir all the bits off the bottom of the pan and pour into a small bowl and set aside.
This is not a very appetizing picture, but I wanted you to see the lobes. Pat the livers dry with a paper towel gently. When the pan is good and hot, add the livers in a single layer, cook on one side until golden about 1-2 minutes, flip them over and cook for another minute or so, add a teaspoon of salt at this pointThey should be bouncy and slightly pink in the centers, do not over cook them. Turn off the heat and add the shallot, garlic, alcohol mixtureScrape up all the sticky bits on the bottom of the pan, transfer to a bowl and let cool for a few minutes. Drizzle 1 tablespoon of olive oil over the livers, add more salt and black pepper to taste. Sprinkle with chopped parsley and mash it up, leaving some big chunks and some creamy parts too. Let cool to room temp.Serve on any kind of toasty crunchy bread you likeSo GOOD and so good for you! Liver cooked right is delicate, earthy, rich, packed with iron and delicious. Try it. Don’t be ninny.