JOANNA'S FOOD: family cooking, from scratch, every day

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Spiced chicken livers

These are quick, easy, delicious, low-fat, a treat ... and something you should try even if you think you don't like liver (like my pasta con sarde for sardine haters). The gentle spicing emphasises the creamy sweetness of the meat. I can't tell you what a treat this is, at £1.59p for 400g organic chicken liver in Waitrose (and I think organic is probably a given for liver).

This recipe is from Good Tempered Food by Tamasin Day-Lewis.

Spiced chicken livers

400g chicken livers
1 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp coriander seeds
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp Maldon salt
1 tsp peppercorns
2 dssp flour

Dry fry the cumin and coriander seeds until they start to brown. Tip them into a bowl and bash them with a pestle or the end of a rolling pin. Add the flour and the rest of the spices. Coat the livers in this mixture, and fry in hot olive oil for a couple of minutes each side.

Serve on a bed of mixed leaves with the juices poured over.

This will do two for a light lunch, or 4-5 as a starter.

PS Some of you may be surprised to see a recipe for chicken liver on this blog, because it is high in dietary cholesterol. This is disputed stuff, but my understanding is that dietary cholesterol is not on the banned list, as it does not translate into the kind of cholesterol that clogs up arteries. Here's up-to-date information on dietary cholesterol from Harvard, where a lot of the research has been carried out.


Figs, Bay, Wine said...

Joanna, what a fabulous recipe! I fell in love with chicken livers the first time I was in Florence. Love the aromatics here. And by the way, congratulations on your award! There is nothing smug about bread baking - I am so impressed by the amount that you bake yourself, and you're providing your family with healthy, nourishing food. Plus the house must smell fantastic!

Katie Zeller said...

I looove chicken livers - all liver, actually. We have it so rarely, (for obvious reasons) but it is such a treat! The seasoning sounds wonderful...
Congrats on the award!

Cottage Smallholder said...

Thanks Joanna, organic chicken livers have been added to the shopping list. Just the sort of delicay that I fancy today.

Celia Hart said...

Mmmm! I'm definitely going to try this - just right for lunch or supper. I should think it's perfect with your delicious home made bread.