Grandma Mary's Gehakte Leber (Chopped Liver)

December  8, 2014
Photo by James Ransom
Author Notes

My grandmother was an old world grandma, but she had a few new world tricks up her sleeve. First, she didn't broil or "kasher" the liver; she sautéed it. And then, I later discovered that she added sherry to it. (Sherry? Grandma? Really?) I don't think I ever saw Grandma sipping sherry. In fact, I don't think I ever saw sherry in her house. Yet when she showed me how to make her chopped liver, it materialized out of somewhere. Who knew? —louisez

  • Serves 6
  • 2 tablespoons oil or chicken fat, plus more as needed
  • 1 pound chicken livers
  • 1 tablespoon sherry (I used a cream sherry but dry sherry works nicely, as well)
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 3 hard-boiled eggs, peeled
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
In This Recipe
  1. Place the oil or chicken fat in a medium sized pan over medium heat. add the livers, and sauté for 4 to 6 minutes, then add the sherry and let cook for another 2 minutes. Add more oil or fat if the pan gets too dry. Transfer the liver to a small bowl and set aside to cool.
  2. In the same pan, add the onions and sauté until transparent. Allow to cool.
  3. Combine the cooked chicken livers and onion, celery stalks, hard-boiled eggs, and salt and pepper in a food processor. Pulse just a little bit -- you don't want a paste or a purée; there should be some texture. Taste for seasoning and adjust if necessary. Chill in the refrigerator before serving.

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