Masterchef test

Lately I am addicted to Masterchef. When I make it home on time from work, I love watching the three challenges contestants have to go through. And here and there pick up an idea or two. During the semi finals not long ago one of the tests was to identify animal organs. I have to admit I got a couple right, many wrong. What I realized though is that I rarely cook organs. They are full of vital minerals, known to be very tasty and I just eat them in patés?

I decided to approach my butcher and ask him for advise on what to go for first. His advise: to try out veal and chicken livers. Not sure I’ll make it all the way to their hearts, but so far I am enriching my taste buds.

Besides the traditional paté there are plenty of recipes for chicken livers. Such a great ingredient once discovered. Being at my first attempt, I decided to go for the BBC Food spicy chicken livers.

225g fresh chicken livers
2cm fresh ginger, chopped very finely
6 garlic cloves, chopped very finely
1 large hot green chilli, chopped very finely
¼tsp ground turmeric
½ tsp ground cumin
1 tsp coriander powder
½ lemon, juiced
2 tbsp oil
3 tbsp fresh coriander, chopped
1 tbsp fresh mint, chopped
1 medium onion, sliced thinly
salt as desired

Clean the chicken livers and dice them up.
Mix together the ginger, garlic, chilli, turmeric, cumin, lemon juice and some salt, add the chicken livers and mix until they are thoroughly coated.
Heat the oil to smoking point in a large heavy-bottomed frying pan, then add the livers.
Don’t stir them too much, just shake the pan to toss them or stir very lightly with a wooden spatula.
Cook for 4-5min, until browned on the outside but still pink on the inside, or longer if you prefer them well done.
Toss in the coriander and mint and check the seasoning, adding a squeeze of lemon juice if you like and serve immediately.

I hope you will enjoy this spicy twist on chicken livers. And if you have a fool proof recipe on chicken liver paté, I would be very happy to hear about it.

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  • GastroChick

    I’m in total agreement over the addictive nature of MasterChef. I have been watching the reruns from the first series, on UKTVFood. Unfortunately I haven’t had the opportunity to watch this series, is it as good? I find the two presenters Torode and Wallace v. entertaining, if a little a cruel.

  • Ivonne

    Hi Anne,

    I just discovered your blog and am so glad that I did!

    This looks fantastic! Thank you for the recipe.

    We don’t have Masterchef here in Canada (or we can’t see it), but it sounds interesting.

    I shall visit again soon!

  • Ivonne

    My apologies Andreea … I called you Anne by mistake!!!

  • GastroChick

    have a great time in London, if you need any more recommendations mail me, are you english?

  • Andreea

    Ivonne, hi. Thanks for the comments. Just discovered your blog as well so will link you to mine 🙂
    GastroChick: will let you know once back from London how it was (definitly some Stilton is coming back with me!). And no, I’m not English 🙂

  • Ruth

    Now THAT’s a keeper!!!I’m definitely bookmarking this page. Of course I’ll have to make it when I’m all by myself since my honey is not a liver fan.

  • Andreea

    Ruth I know all about the non-liver fans. I still love it, cook it often, so it’s a keeper 🙂