Grandma’s Vegan Chopped “Liver”


Grandma’s Vegan Chopped Liver. The tradition continues. My grandmother used to make chopped liver with plenty of schmaltz (chicken fat) and everyone in the family loved it. My mom continues the tradition and makes her version for all the family holidays. Only mom’s ‘chopped liver’ is so much better, made with simple, plant-foods, onions, walnuts, string beans and vegetable oil and love.

1lb FRESH string beans (frozen is okay, but not as good – DO NOT use canned string beans)
3/4 cup walnuts
2 very large onions, chopped
Optional: Canola oil or other high temperature vegetable oil (enough to cover size of frypan)
Optional: salt, coconut aminos and/or pepper to taste

1. Heat oil, if using, in large frying pan at medium heat. (I used to use oil, but I don’t anymore, and it’s still delicious!)
2. Sauté onions until almost tan, stirring constantly. If dry sautéing without oil, you may add a couple of tablespoons when onions whenever start to stick.
3. Wash, drain, remove stems, and cut up string beans.
4. Add to frying pan and cook until tender, not firm about 20 minutes or more. Stir often.
5. When string beans are tender add walnuts to pan and mix together.
6. Remove from heat and let cool.
7. Place in food processor. Pulse until the ingredients are broken up. Process until smooth.
8. Continue to process, turning on and off until the mixture looks like chopped liver.
9. Add coconut aminos (1-2 teaspoons), salt and/or pepper to taste (optional)
10. Scoop into a small bowl, cover and refrigerate until cold.

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  12 comments for “Grandma’s Vegan Chopped “Liver”

    • The Vitamix is great and we use it all the time. It is best for liquids, like soups and smoothies. It’s not as good for patés because they don’t spin around inside the container as easily and get stuck under the blade. I prefer making hummus in a food processor for that reason but I have made it in a Vitamix. It’s just a pain to scoop out from under the blade and sometimes I have to thin the hummus to make it smoother. I imagine it would be the same with this recipe. I have not made it in a Vitamix. If you do, I would not use the high speed. I would use the tamper tool, blend for a few second and scrape down the sides a few times.

  1. I was just looking for this very recipe! One problem though- my teenage vegan won’t eat onions (horrible, right?) What could I substitute to fill put the recipe? Breadcrumbs? Chopped & sautéed carrots? Or should I just try it without the onions…

    • If your teen doesn’t have an allergy or sensitivity to onions you might make the recipe as is and have everyone try it without discussing the ingredients. Once puréed you don’t know what is in it. The onion is a key ingredient, as it is in traditional chopped liver made with chicken fat and liver. Sautéing the onions slowly so that they become translucent and caramelized gives the desired sweet flavor. It is not “chopped liver” without the onions! But if you want to make a green bean paté with walnuts you might substitute grated zucchini that you slowly sauté instead of onions.

    • It can serve about 8-12 people. We often serve it on a coffee table with crackers and other foods, like olives, nuts, crudités, etc. and people serve themselves as they mingle before the sit-down dinner. It’s been a tradition in our family for decades!

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