Warm salad of chicken livers, nuts, and sherry

I’ve cooked this warm salad several times now and it gets rave reviews, it makes a great starter or a light lunch. Even if you think you don’t like liver, chicken livers are mild tasting and full of good fats for brain and liver function. Always use organic because, of course, the liver is the place where toxins are processed.

The key to this salad is preparing everything ready to serve the livers straight from the pan when they are just cooked and a tiny bit pink in the middle. There are lots of ingredients but it’s not a lot of faff.

Ingredients

For the sauce

  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 20g pack flat-leaf parsley, leaves only
  • 3 tbsp blanched hazelnuts or pistachios from a 100g bag
  • 1 tsp hot smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp chilli jam
  • 4 tbsp olive oil

For the salad

  • remainder of the bag of nuts
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • small knob of butter
  • 450g pack chicken livers, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 125ml glass Oloroso sherry
  • juice ½ lemon
  • 120g bag rocket salad
  • a few pomegranate seeds to sprinkle on top (optional)
  • sherry vinegar, to dress the leaves

Method

  • Put all the ingredients for the sauce into a food processor, then whizz to a rough paste.
  • Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/ gas 6. Put the remaining hazelnuts onto a baking sheet, roast for 5 mins until lightly toasted, roughly chop, then set aside.
  • Add the olive oil and butter to a large frying pan over a medium-high heat. Quickly fry the livers in 2 batches until browned, about 2 mins per batch. Add the sherry, then bubble for a few mins over a high heat. Stir in the blended sauce and allow it to thicken and heat through. Splash in the lemon juice, then season to taste.
  • Add the pomegranate seeds then dress the salad leaves with a little sherry vinegar.
  • Spoon the livers and sauce onto serving plates, sprinkle with the toasted chopped hazelnuts, then scatter over the dressed salad leaves and serve straightaway.

Thanks for BBC Good Food for the original recipe.

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