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Chopped Liver

Chopped Liver

A classic Jewish food… and a veggie version, too.


Chopped Liver

  • 12 oz broiled liver
  • 1 large onion
  • 8 oz fresh mushrooms
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 3 – 4 hard boiled eggs

In a food processor chop the onion, mushrooms and garlic. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan and add the onion, garlic and mushrooms. Fry until brown. Process the hard cooked eggs separately. Process or chop the liver. Mix all the ingredients together. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Salt & pepper to taste.

For Chopped Liver to taste like Bubbie's used to, use chicken fat instead of olive oil.

Mock Chopped Liver

  • 2 cans cut green beans – drained
  • or 1 kilo fresh green beans
  • 1/3 cup walnuts
  • 3 pieces black bread
  • 3 hard boiled eggs
  • 1 onion – sauteed

Sautee the onion. Place all ingredients in the food processor with the steel blade. Chop until the desired consistency is reached. I actually like it on the coarse side. Salt and pepper to taste.

I have found that fresh green beans are much tastier. When I am not able to get them I use fresh or frozen broccoli or peas.

From "Adventures in Bubby Irma's Kitchen" (Targum Press)

October 24, 2004

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Visitor Comments: 3

(2) Barry, September 7, 2016 9:33 PM

Why Chicken Liver is considered a Jewish Food

Chopped Liver is a Traditional Eastern European food which was eaten on special occasions -- not every day. People who want to be attached to Jewish traditions often eat the foods that their Parents or Grandparents ate in Europe. They are considered Jewish delicacies. If you hat Liver, then don't eat it.

There are plenty of delicious foods that I wish my Mother were alive to cook. I miss them so much. Try Kasha Varnishkas instead. It is bow-tie noodles mixed with Kasha and onions. There are Matzoh Balls and Chicken Soup, a personal favorite and the list goes on. I find Gefilte fish delish.

One can be a good Jew without eating these traditional foods. They are simply traditional and remind many Jews and Non-Jews alike, that like all cultures, we have a great list of foods in our list of Jewish foods. Either one likes them or not. Try some Roasted Brisket of Beef, everyone likes that.

(1) Ady, March 13, 2011 12:16 PM


I myself have never really liked liver even though my parents used to force it down my neck as a child. In your article heading, you stated that it is a classical Jewish food. So what makes this a Jewish food? I am trying to understand my Jewish heritage and to live like a Jewish person even though both my parents denied their Jewish heritage due to the Holocaust, I think. Can someone enlighten me with this issue.

MESA, August 25, 2017 3:37 PM

There are foods that our ancestors ate back in Europe and those are considered traditionally Jewish foods. But the only requirement about food for Jews is that it has to be kosher. If you don't like chopped liver, you do not have to eat it. If you do like cholent, go ahead and enjoy it. If you prefer chicken marsala (not a traditional Jewish food, but one that I love), enjoy that too. Just make sure it's kosher.

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