Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year celebration, is right around the corner. I just got a email from my mother-in-law, Nancy, letting me know she’s making her special chopped liver for the Rosh Hashanah dinner. I so wish I could could be there. Bubbe makes the best chopped liver!
Bubbe (the Jewish word for grandma, pronounced “buh-bee”) told me, “Every Jewish holiday (except Yom Kippur) revolves around food. All the Jewish holidays tell the same story: ‘They tried to kill us. We won. Let’s eat.'”
Bubbe explained: “The Jews were always persecuted. So they survived the best they could. It’s about family and it’s about tradition. And it’s about connecting. And it’s all about special traditional foods.”
So you’re not Jewish. Feh! So what, I say! Who says you can’t enjoy a bissel kosher nosh?
I myself am not Jewish. I’m what you would call a shiksa. However, I have been dubbed an “honorary Jew” by many of my Jewish friends. Maybe it’s because I grew up in New York (until I was 7 and we moved to Texas). Maybe it’s my abiding love of classic Woody Allen movies (“Jew. Jew eat?” — Annie Hall).
Or the fact that for years I hosted what I called a “Jewau” — a Jewish luau. Replete with Hawaiin leis, grass skirts, and yarmulkes. I served mai tais and pina coladas along with bagels and schmear, brisket and pineaple kugel. Oy gevult, those were the days! When I was single and had time for such mishegas.
You will not believe how geshmak this chopped liver is. I get verkelmpt just thinking about it! I had chopped liver a while back at our local deli (there are a lot of NY Jewish delis in Los Angeles) and it was just eh. Nothing like this! Bubbe’s chopped liver doesn’t taste like liver at all. I’m telling you, you’re going to love it so much, you’ll plotz!
Equipment Needed for This Recipe
Optional: Food processor– or mix with a wooden spoon and/or potato masher or fork