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Chopped Liver

This chopped liver recipe from Josh Russ Tupper of Russ and Daughters is used to make his popular Oy Vey Schmear sandwich.

  • Yield: Makes about 3 pounds
Chopped Liver

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, March 2009


  • 1/3 cup rendered and strained chicken schmaltz
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup Caramelized Onions
  • 2 1/2 pounds raw chicken livers, gall bladder removed, lobes cut in half, or quarters if large
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onions
  • 2 hard-boiled large eggs, peeled and chopped


  1. Rinse livers under cold water to remove blood; drain. Heat a medium skillet over medium-high heat and add schmaltz and 2 tablespoons vegetable oil. Add caramelized onions. Cook, stirring, until beginning to brown, about 3 minutes.

  2. Add livers to skillet and season with salt. Cook, stirring, until livers begin to brown and insides are pink throughout, 15 to 20 minutes. Transfer livers to a plate to cool slightly, about 10 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, in a small skillet, heat remaining 2 teaspoons vegetable oil. Add chopped onions and cook, stirring, until golden brown; remove from heat and set sauteed onions aside.

  4. Place cooled livers and caramelized onions in the bowl of a food processor; pulse until well combined. Transfer to a medium bowl. Stir in hard-boiled eggs, sauteed onions; season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate at least 3 hours before using.

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