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Chicken Livers with Orange and Sage

My grandma Lucy was born and raised in Jakin, Georgia, so many of her dishes were inspired by the soul food she grew up on.  She used to bake her chicken livers in simple cornmeal.  Even as a child I really liked them.  Forty years later I visited a high-end soul food restaurant and noticed they had chicken livers on the menu, in a salad.  I was intrigued, so I ordered it.  Wow!  My dinner companion and I did our best to detect the ingredients and when I got home I recreated the chicken liver salad, which turned out to be a hit with my family.  It’s not difficult to make at all, and super affordable.  Here’s my version of this dish.  I hope you and your family will enjoy it too.

The Stuff You Need:

Ingredients for two dinner salads

8 to 12 lobes of Chicken Livers, trimmed of fat and drained

1 Cup Orange juice

2 teaspoon Wholegrain Mustard

6 small leaves of fresh Sage, chopped

For the breading:

2 or 3 Cups Corn Flakes, crushed*

½ Cup Flour (use Corn flour or Rice Flour for gluten free)

2 Eggs, beaten

Salt & Pepper

Vegetable oil for frying

How To Do This:

  1. Place trimmed chicken livers in a medium bowl. In a separate bowl, combine orange juice, mustard and sage and pour over the chicken livers.  Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and marinate in the refrigerator for an hour or so.  
  2. Drain the livers and discard the marinade.  Dredge the livers in flour and allow to dry for a few minutes.
  3.  Dip the livers in the egg wash, and then roll in crushed Corn Flakes.  Allow to rest on a rack for a few minutes.
  4. Heat oil in a skillet on medium heat. Fry the chicken livers two or three at a time for a few minutes per side, until the Corn Flakes are lightly browned.  Be gentle. The coating can fall off easily.  Rest on a rack when cooked.
  5. Place 4 to 6 of the cooked livers on a bed of Escarole or mixed greens and top with Wholegrain Mustard Orange dressing.  Serve immediately.



*Getting the corn flake coating to stick to the liver can be difficult.  Regular, unseasoned bread crumbs can be used.  Pan brand precooked white corn meal, when added to regular bread crumbs, offers extra crunch.

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