Sunday, October 24, 2010

Chopped Liver? Liver Pate? NOT! It's Mock.

Mock Chopped Liver, also known as Vegetarian Chopped Liver. Vegetarian Pate. Mock Pate. Call it what you want, I'm calling it delicious. Could have fooled me. Really. It was a great substitute. And there's no comparison when you see all the cholesterol in chopped liver. Heart attack on a plate. We were pleasantly surprised.

This is lighter, healthier and has a very similar taste and texture, which was very surprising. No kidding. I've heard of it made with lentils, string beans, eggplant, mushrooms, there's so many variations. I got this recipe from an old friend, her mother's recipe! This one is made with canned baby peas, chick peas, walnuts and hard boiled eggs. This mish mash of stuff was going to taste good? You have got to be kidding. I didn't believe her. But she was right, it was excellent. The entire bowl disappeared. OK, granted we were all starving, dying for dinner to be ready, and considering we thought UGHHH when we heard the ingredients, it really is so good. Comes together in a delicious way. So I had to try to make it myself. And we're glad I did. Good stuff. Go figure.

Serve with crackers as an appetizer, on a sandwich with rye bread. It's a nice change from the usual.



Vegetarian Chopped Liver
Source: Shelby
Printable Recipe
Yield: This recipe makes a lot, more than a quart

2 15-oz cans Le Sueur Very Young Early Peas 
1 15-oz can chick peas
2 large sweet onions, sliced or chopped
8 oz shelled walnuts
3 tablespoons olive oil or grapeseed oil
4 eggs, hard-cooked and shelled
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

In a skillet, saute the onions in the oil until they turn golden brown.

In a food processor or a blender, combine the chick peas, walnuts and baby peas and pulse it a bit, to a smooth consistency. Remove to a medium size bowl. Then blend the eggs and the onions together in the food processor (or blender) and pulse to a smooth consistency.
Add the eggs and onions to the chick pea, walnuts and peas in the bowl and mix it all together; add salt and pepper to taste. It should resemble chopped liver somewhat! Serve chilled.


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35 comments:

  1. Thank God it's not liver. I don't like it to be frank. I would try this one though. Should go great with chips or tortillas.

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  2. I second Katerina! I love that it sounds healthy with the veggies and has little fat. Once tried a tuna pate ... unfortunately the butter overload took it beyond rich.

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  3. I'll definitely try this one, and if I can get it past The Great Dane (lover of Danish Levepostej, which is ground pork liver and fat, and stroke-on-a-plate) then it will be a keeper!

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  4. I do like liverwurst pate, onions, relish, powdered mustard and beer.
    Great mosaic!

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  5. I don't eat liver any more...so this is a perfect vegetarian version for me to try!

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  6. Looks good - can't believe from the ingredients it actually tastes like liver pate but I will take your word for it. Best pate I ever had was at Eli's in Chicago, since then nothing as compared.
    Great mosaic - love the step by step!!

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  7. I think this sounds really interesting and good. I can't stand liver...I've tried it a couple of times and just can't choke it down. So liver pate has never passed these lips. :-) Thanks for a great little recipe.

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  8. Oh, my. Some of my favorite things all together! I bet it is delicious! Thanks!

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  9. Now this sounds different! Never had chopped liver, but wouldn't mind trying this:@)

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  10. Your vegetarian version looks better than the real thing to me. Looks wonderful :)

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  11. The chick peas are a good source of protein. I cannot imagine the combination of these ingredients would result to a very delicious one. I trust your taste buds.

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  12. This looks so delicious!! I am not a liver pate fan but this I would love to try. Thanks for the great recipe!

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  13. How about this name: Pate de FAUX Gras (instead of Pate de Fois Gras)!!!

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  14. I will openly admit I love chicken liver pate but this sounds like a wonderful, much more healthy alternative. I can't wait to try it!

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  15. I love FabFrugalFood's suggestion! This sounds really hummus-y and wonderful.

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  16. Now I am going to say, "what am I...vegetarian chopped liver???!!!" ;}

    m ^..^

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  17. I love making food mosaics...this is a very unusual recipe.

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  18. It does sound healthy and I usually am willing to try anything once.

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  19. This outta go over for a Pate' Partay! Mock or not I'm probably gonna pass on the pate'! Wonder how it might mix with Salsa?

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  20. I'd like to say that I would try it, but I am a total food wimp. It certainly sounds healthful!

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  21. The vegetarian version sounds so much more healthy than liver. I like all of those ingredients. Yummy.

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  22. Ooohhh! I'd much prefer this to chopped liver ... will definitely have to give this a try!

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  23. That looks really good. I'll have to try it, maybe as an appetizer at Thanksgiving!

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  24. Interesting! Looks tasty! Cathy

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  25. This looks very good and different! Wonderful,
    Kathy

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  26. I don't think I'd EVER want to taste real liver pate- I'm a little too squeamish about my food. LOL
    This recipe sounds pretty good- similar to hummus, except with the addition of green peas and eggs. It's definitely something I would try. Thanks for posting it.

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  27. It doesn't really taste like hummus, even with the chick peas. I can't explain it. but it's really a nice spread.

    Thanks for the comments, always appreciated!

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  28. I will have to try this. I have to admit I do love the liver-type pates as well though.

    Carol

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  29. Oh so sorry, but anything with the word LIVER in it is NOT FOR ME. :)))

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  30. Carol this sounds so interesting! Did it really taste like chopped liver? I'm going to bookmark this and try it the next time I make a batch of hard boiled eggs.

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  31. Just a heads up, this recipe makes a lot. Way more than a quart!

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  32. I never eat liver..unless it is pate or liverwurst. But I would give this a try. maybe a half recipe....

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