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Michele Gan Oct 20, 2002 01:52 PM

I am a Chef and was recently asked to prepare chopped liver for a client. I am first generation American an have grown up eating chopped liver all my life. When i served it i served it with red horseradish and of course challah and rye. My client later asked me why i served the chopped liver with red horseradish is that not tradional or did only my mother do it?

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    Stephanie L. RE: Michele Gan Oct 20, 2002 04:03 PM

    I've never had any kind of horseradish with chopped liver, red or white. It might be just your family's tradition.

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      dude RE: Michele Gan Oct 21, 2002 09:35 AM

      I've never seen it served with horseradish either. In my experience, it's served straight up on bread on rye or crackers, (though challah sounds acceptable)or on a combination sandwich with tongue.

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        tzimmi RE: dude Oct 24, 2002 08:56 PM

        In my family, red chrain was served with gefilteh fish. White chrain may also be served with fish, but we liked it with gedempteh fleisch. With chopped liver, my mother served chopped egg whites as garnish; on top of a lettuce leaf, then a slice of tomato, and then the chopped liver. She would also have a few slices of sour pickle or some caper buds.

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        zeev10 RE: Michele Gan Apr 17, 2008 06:11 AM

        I am a 65 year old man . As a kid I would eat dinner on the lower east side of NYC ( Delancey Street) with my family. Chopped Liver was always served with schmaltz and white radish , not horseradish.

        I have never heard of it being served with chrain.

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          DeisCane RE: zeev10 Apr 17, 2008 09:47 AM

          Radish, yes. Horseradish, no.

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            aivri RE: DeisCane Apr 17, 2008 01:56 PM

            A forkful of chopped liver. A thick slices of white radish, sprinkled with salt. Repeat.

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          normalheightsfoodie RE: Michele Gan Apr 17, 2008 09:53 AM

          It sounds good to me.

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            avitrek RE: Michele Gan Apr 18, 2008 08:59 AM

            A lot of places/caters that aren't careful about separating meat and fish and/or the clients don't care will serve chopped liver and gefilte fish. The fish is always served with horseradish. Maybe you/your mother got confused and started serving the chopped liver with the horseradish.

            1. Chew on That RE: Michele Gan Apr 18, 2008 09:29 AM

              I have never heard of this. We typically serve red chrain with gefilte fish, not chopped liver. We spread the liver on challah and rye like you said though, or maybe just as a side dish to corned beef and rye.

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                normalheightsfoodie RE: Michele Gan Apr 18, 2008 09:38 AM

                I realize tradition is a big part of our culture, but change can also be good, I will try red horseradish with my chopped liver on Saturday, and report back.

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                  smartie RE: Michele Gan Apr 19, 2008 11:32 AM

                  red chrein with gefilte fish in England too (fried of course), never with chopped liver but hey why not try something new?

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                    normalheightsfoodie RE: Michele Gan Apr 21, 2008 11:04 AM

                    I tried the Red Horseradish with the chopped liver, and it was ok, It might be better on a sandwich with tomato, after passover.

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