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Georgeanne Brennan

Georgeanne Brennan is the author of more than 30 cookbooks and gardening books and has written extensively about Provence and France.

Chicory Salad with Sautéed Chicken Livers

Chicory Salad with Sautéed Chicken Livers Courtesy photo

Adapted from La Vie Rustic (Weldon Owen 2017) by Georgeanne Brennan


1. For the vinaigrette: In a salad bowl, whisk together the oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper. Set aside.

2. For the chicken livers: Pick over them and remove any fatty pieces and dark veins. In a large frying pan, heat the butter and oil over medium-high heat. When they are hot, add the shallot and sauté just until translucent, 1–2 minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer the shallot to a bowl.

3. Add the chicken livers to the pan, sprinkle them with the salt and pepper, and sauté, turning frequently, until the livers are firm to the touch and still have a faint rose hue when cut open, about 8 minutes. Be careful not to overcook them. Return the shallot and any juices to the pan and stir once or twice, just to combine. Remove from the heat.

4. Add the chicories to the bowl with the vinaigrette and toss to coat well. Divide the chicories between two dinner plates or large shallow bowls. Top with the chicken livers, shallot, and a little of the pan juices. Serve at once.

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