Sunday, April 18, 2010

Pea Spread (Mock Chopped Liver)

Yes, mock chopped liver. It tastes much better than it sounds! I was worried the title would turn off readers which is why I added pea spread. Mock chopped liver (interestingly, the chopped liver dish is the origin of the Jewish expression "What am I, chopped liver?") is an Ashkenazi Jewish dish, often served during the Sabbath. My sister learned the recipe from her friend J, who is a groomsgirl at her upcoming wedding. J's grandmother often made it. This recipe is a healthy version of chopped liver and tastes surprisingly un-vegetarian. I love the flavour of the caramelized onion, the green colour of the peas and the added creaminess of the egg.


Pea Spread (Mock Chopped Liver)
* oil
* 1 onion, sliced thinly
* 1 cup frozen peas
* 1 hard-boiled egg
* a few walnuts (optional)
* 2-3 tbsp olive oil
* salt and pepper, to taste
* bread, sliced thinly

Cook the onion in the oil at medium/low heat until the slices are cooked and nicely browned.
Add the frozen peas to warm through.
In a food processor, add the onion and peas, one egg, walnuts and olive oil.
Process until it becomes a smooth-ish paste (if it's too thick, add more oil or a bit of water).
Season with salt and pepper (I like a lot!) to taste.
Serve spread on bread slices.

Try it! You'll be hooked on mock chopped liver!

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