Chicken livers wouldn’t top most people’s shopping lists, except mine. When nicely cooked — grilled, sautéed or wrapped in crispy bacon for appetizer — they make satisfying treats.
According to HealthMad.com, chicken liver is brimming with nutrients.
For every 100 grams / 3.5 oz of pan fried chicken liver, these are the nutrition facts and health promoting properties.
1. Guards the body against anemia (Vitamin B12 – 352% DV)
2. Promotes good eyesight (Vitamin A -288%)
3. Supports fertility (Folate – 140%)
4. Good for the body tissues (Riboflavin -136%)
5. Ensures a healthy thyroid (Selenium – 126%)
6. Fights stress (Pantothenic Acid – 83%)
7. Boost immune system health (Iron – 72%)
8. Wards off pellagra (Niacin – 70%)
9. Maintains healthy skin, hair and nails (Protein – 52%)
10.Keeps teeth and bones healthy (Phosphorous – 42%)
Chicken Liver Sauté with Mushrooms
Recipe by: Fae’s Twist & Tango (fae-magazine.com)
• 680 gr / 1½ lb chicken liver, sinews removed, rinsed
• 1 small bay-leaf
• vegetable oil
• 160 gr/ ½ large onion, diced small or parallel sliced
• 225 gr / ½ lb white button mushrooms, sliced
• 5 stems green onions, cut into 5cm / 2″ length and white part cut lengthwise in half
• 1/8 tsp turmeric (optional)
• 3 Tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
• salt & ground black pepper, to taste
◊ Optional blanching / parboiling : In a medium non-stick pot, bring 7 cups of water with bay-leaf to boil. Put in the livers and as soon as froth/foam/scum form and float to the top (1~2 minutes), quickly skim, drain, rinse with cold water and set aside. At this point, livers are briefly parboiled. This process removes most scum and odor, which results in the dish looking better.
◊ If livers have been blanched, rinse the pot, and in it, heat 2 Tbsp oil on medium-heat. Add cut onion and sauté until the edges start caramelizing.
◊ Add cut mushrooms and stir until they wilt.
◊ Add livers (raw or parboiled), turmeric, salt/pepper to taste, stirring gently, sauté for 2 minutes if parboiled, 4 minutes if raw, or until no redness left and cooked to the center (overcooking will make liver tough).
◊ Add lemon juice and briefly stir. Add cut green-onions, stir for 3~5 seconds and remove from heat and serve. Place halved lemon(s) on the side.
~ Bon Appétit! ~
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