Introducing a delightful twist on a classic favorite, my Vegetarian Chopped Liver recipe offers a delectable alternative that is both rich in flavor and compassionate to our meat-free friends. Combining the wholesome goodness of hard-boiled eggs, earthy walnut halves, and savory sautéed onions, this recipe promises a harmonious blend of textures and tastes.
Jewish chopped liver
For the high holidays, there is always chopped liver for the first course. But what about the vegetarians in your family? I created an easy mock chopped liver that is also healthy! Win-win.
Passover is known to be the holiday that celebrates dishes with eggs and potatoes. If you avoid kitniyot, you need to come up with different ways to have your eggs and potatoes to keep it interesting for everyone.
This vegetarian chopped liver is great on matzo and is very satisfying.
How to make mock chopped liver
To make this, you will need only 4 ingredients - boiled eggs, sautéed onion, walnuts, and spices for taste, like salt and pepper. That's it, you simply grind all of it together in a blender and serve. Couldn’t be simpler.
Many versions of mock chop liver call for lentils, mushrooms, or other types of nuts. This version uses eggs that obviously fit Passover and it contain no kitniyot in it. It’s parve and fits any meal of the day. This veg chopped liver is also gluten-free which makes it perfect if you are on a gluten free diet.
The outcome is a thick paste and can resemble hummus. If you don’t eat kitniyot during Pesach then this is a great substitute for you and again, it’s so healthy!
For serving the vegetarian chopped liver, I placed it in a bowl. You can also garnish with some herbs on top to make it more festive.
Be mindful of the walnut texture. If you prefer a chunkier consistency, pulse the walnuts a few times in the blender rather than blending continuously. This will give your vegetarian chopped liver a more textured and rustic feel.
Sauté the onions until they are golden brown to enhance their natural sweetness. This caramelization adds depth and richness to the overall flavor of the chopped liver.
Taste the mixture before transferring it to the serving bowl and adjust the seasoning accordingly. It's easier to add more salt and pepper at this stage than trying to correct the seasoning later.
Allow the boiled eggs and sautéed onions to cool slightly before blending. This helps to avoid overheating the blender and ensures a safer blending process.
Start with a lower setting on the blender and gradually increase the speed. Stop occasionally to scrape down the sides, ensuring that all ingredients are blended uniformly. This helps achieve a smooth and cohesive texture.
Consider garnishing the final dish with a sprinkle of finely chopped fresh herbs, such as parsley or chives, for added freshness and visual appeal.
Experiment with Spices
Feel free to experiment with additional spices or herbs to tailor the flavor to your preferences. A dash of cumin or a hint of garlic powder can introduce exciting new dimensions to the dish.
Storage and Serving
Refrigerate the vegetarian chopped liver for a few hours before serving to allow the flavors to meld. Serve it chilled with fresh vegetable sticks for a delightful appetizer or snack.
This dish can be prepared ahead of time, making it a convenient option for parties or gatherings. Just store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator and give it a good stir before serving.
Absolutely! A food processor works well for this recipe. Just make sure to pulse the ingredients rather than blending continuously to control the texture.
When stored in an airtight container, vegetarian chopped liver can last for 3-4 days in the refrigerator. Make sure to give it a good stir before serving leftovers to refresh the flavors.
It's not recommended to freeze this dish as the texture may change upon thawing. The eggs and walnuts might become watery, affecting the overall consistency.
Absolutely! In fact, the flavors often improve when allowed to meld in the refrigerator. Prepare it a day ahead, store it in the fridge, and give it a good stir before serving.
Yes, you can experiment with different nuts based on your preference. Almonds can be good alternatives to walnuts, providing unique flavors to your chopped liver.
If it's too thick, you can add a bit of water or vegetable broth, a little at a time, until you reach the desired consistency. If it's too thin, consider adding more eggs or walnuts gradually until you achieve the thickness you prefer.
Other Passover recipes to try:
More Passover recipes on my blog:
Passover Chocolate Coconut Balls (non-dairy)
Maple Passover Cake
Sweet Potato Mini Pizzas
Passover Pancakes (Parve)
Passover Apple Crumble (Parve)
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Make vegetarian chopped liver today!
Whether you're a vegetarian or simply looking to diversify your culinary repertoire, this dish is a testament to the endless possibilities of plant-based cuisine. Follow my simple instructions for a quick and satisfying culinary journey, and get ready to savor every spoonful of this Vegetarian Chopped Liver.
Vegetarian Chopped Liver
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup walnuts halves
- 1 onion
- Salt and pepper by your taste
- Boil the eggs until hard.
- Peel the eggs and set them aside to cool a bit.
- Slice the onion thinly.
- In a pan sauté the onion on high until golden.
- Set aside to cool a bit.
- Place peeled eggs, sautéed onion, walnuts, salt, and pepper in the blender.
- Blend until you have a unified thick paste.
- Transfer to a serving bowl.
- Serve and Enjoy!