Experience the nostalgic flavors of a classic dish without the use of animal products with our vegan chopped liver recipe. This plant-based version captures the essence of the traditional delicacy, offering a savory, earthy spread that's perfect for sandwiches, appetizers, or as a dip.
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When you think of top ten foods to veganize, chopped liver may not be on your list. But trust us when we say that this vegan chopped liver is a whole new experience, and it’s downright delicious. Whether you’re getting ready to celebrate a Jewish holiday or just want to try something new, this dish is sure to wow your tastebuds and might even impress some of your Jewish elders!
Being vegan is all about compassion towards other living beings, right? But, as we’ve mentioned before, it doesn’t mean isolating yourself from family members or your traditions. Traditions are so important! Whether they come from your religion or where you come from, it’s a moment to connect with the people we love and with our roots.
Animal-Friendly Chopped Liver? Yep!
With Passover approaching, many Jewish vegans are on the hunt for delicious plant-based versions of traditional Passover foods. One of those foods is chopped liver, traditionally made from the liver of chickens or geese mixed with rendered chicken fat, eggs, onion, and spices. Who would have thought it was possible to make it vegan?
The Jewish Food Hero Kenden Alfond is here to show that it’s easy to make delicious vegan chopped liver from mushroom, onion, walnuts, and other plant-based ingredients—all without harming animals! With the added bonus of being super quick to make and using easy to find ingredients. What more could you ask for?
Why You Need to Make This Vegan Chopped Liver
In 2021, there have never been more choices for vegan meat alternatives. While it can be totally delicious to chow down on a sandwich made with your favorite meat-free slices, there’s something really special about being able to whip up your own dish with just a few simple ingredients.
Soy Vey! – If you can’t do soy (or gluten), this recipe is for you! It leans on mushrooms and walnuts for the meaty texture and smells delightful being prepared on the stove.
Passover Party Ready – Rather than worrying about zipping around town to find last-minute specialty items for Passover, you can rest easy knowing that this recipe calls for common ingredients and can be prepared in a pinch! Plus, you’ll likely be the only one bringing a vegan chopped liver dish to the Seder (unless you’re going to one that’s completely vegan).
No Chickens Harmed – Chickens are one of the most consumed animals on the planet—whether for their flesh, eggs, or liver. They also have unique personalities, sensitivity to their surroundings, and an aptitude for quite a few things like self-awareness and dreams.
How to Serve Up Your Vegan Chopped Liver
Whether you’re getting ready for a Jewish holiday or you’re just enjoying this vegan chopped liver for fun, we’ve got some scrumptious suggestions on how to enjoy your delicious dish.
Seder Sides – Making a vegan Seder plate? Then you’ll love this guide from My Jewish Learning on what exactly you’ll need to substitute (such as an avocado pit for the hardboiled egg). Luckily most of the items on the Seder plate are already vegan!
Spread Onto Bread – Enjoying this vegan chopped liver outside of Passover? Then you’ll love spreading it onto bread or making into a sandwich. Our rosemary & olive focaccia is absolutely delightful with this vegan chopped liver and can even be enjoyed as an open-faced sandwich if you add some lettuce, tomato, and other preferred toppings!
This vegan chopped liver contains a variety of incredible ingredients, from protein-packed nuts to meaty mushrooms, giving it a delightful flavor and texture.
Mushrooms – Mushrooms are a truly magic food, rich in a variety of B vitamins such as riboflavin, niacin, and pantothenic acid, all of which support a range of bodily functions. Their meaty texture and ability to absorb so many different flavors makes them ideal for vegan cooking!
Walnuts – Whoever said you had to eat fish to get your Omega-3s? Walnuts are packed with these amazing fats and taste great to boot.
Garlic – Good ol’ garlic is a staple ingredient in recipes everywhere, providing huge boosts of flavor and spice to a countless variety of dishes. Known for being helpful in achieving healthy cholesterol levels, this super spice is prime for supporting healthy immune function.
End up with leftovers? This vegan chopped liver will keep for up to about a week in the fridge in an airtight container! You could also freeze it, though the texture may be compromised!
Finding a way to keep your traditions after becoming vegan is what we are all about! This recipe is one example of that. A traditional Jewish dish made vegan so you can enjoy this time with your family while also introducing them to yummy vegan dishes. Perfect. Enjoy!
Do you have your own veganized version of a traditional recipe? Let us know and let’s help other vegans reconnect with their family traditions!
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Mock Chopped Liver
Author: Kenden Alfond
5 from 7 votes
This vegan version of chopped liver makes a lovely addition to your Passover meal. Mushrooms and walnuts give this dip a unique flavor that everyone is sure to enjoy. Serve with fresh crunchy celery and matzo crackers.
This vegan chopped liver recipe and photo were published with permission from Kenden Alfond, the editor, and creator of Jewish Food Hero, a site that offers beautiful resources and plant-based menus for the Jewish holidays. Article written by Kenden Alfond.
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