John "The Gneech" Robey (the_gneech) wrote,
John "The Gneech" Robey

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Not Enough "Too Much Pepper"

Once a year or so, I make for myself a batch of fried chicken livers, and this year it was yesterday. I make them for myself because A) almost no restaurant I know of makes them, and B) very few other people in my circle are the least bit interested in eating them.

I love 'em, myself, particularly on a bed of rice with some beef gravy. (Strange combination, I know. Comes from growing up near a Hot Shoppes Cafeteria, now sadly long-gone. But don't knock it 'til you've tried it.) However, they're not exactly the healthiest things to eat and are a bit of a pain to prepare, hence my only having them once a year. And every year, I have to guess again from scratch how to make them.

So this time, I'm going to write down what I did, so that next time I can do it better. 'cause this time it didn't have enough "too much pepper".

Starting with 1.25 lbs of chicken livers, I washed them off, discarding one or two that didn't look so happy to me. Then I mixed about 1/4 cup of corn meal into 1 cup of flour, putting in what felt like a ton of black pepper, a couple of teaspoons of salt, maybe a teaspoon of paprika, and a dash of garlic. In another bowl, I mixed a cup of milk with a raw egg and more pepper. I dipped the livers into the milk/egg, then rolled them in the flour/cornmeal/spices, then fried them in about 1/4" of canola oil for 7-9 minutes.

Lessons learned:

  1. I don't need that much flour. Probably 3/4 of a cup at most would be necessary. Having so much flour diffused the rest of the ingredients too much.

  2. The oil needed to be hotter at first. It heated up nicely after the first batch. So let it warm up more!

  3. More pepper. Like way more. Probably a bit more salt, paprika, and garlic too. More corn meal? Not sure. Other recipes I saw suggested breadcrumbs.

Well, these are good enough 'til next year, anyhow! ;)

-The Gneech
Tags: chicken livers, food
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