LIVER IS A SUPERFOOD FOR CHILDREN
After my post on the liver as a superfood for children and my minced pork and chicken liver recipe, I received many positive feedback. A tiny teaspoon of liver packs a punch of super nutrients and every parent should try to incorporate it into their daily diets. Here’s a link to my original post Why Liver is a superfood and our yummy chicken liverball recipe. I also had requests for a full chicken version (to swap out the minced pork), so here it is!
Made with the help of my trusty kitchen helper, Riley (and not forgetting grandma helped too!). It is allergen friendly and free of eggs, dairy and nuts. If you have a soy allergy, replace the light soya sauce with Braggs Amino Acid and a suitable bbq sauce as a topping.
Easy to make and kids can join in too!
Super easy to make, a little tedious but so much fun for young children to help out. 2-year-old Corey has been excluded from this activity. He’s way too young to handle raw meat (I can’t risk him placing some in his mouth). But then again you can see cheeky Riley threatening to put some in his mouth as I asked him to pose for a photo
Its a great Hiding place for dreaded veggies!
Leeks are known to be a great source of vitamins, minerals and are beneficial to the skin too! It belongs to the scientific family Allium porrum, together with onion, garlic, shallots and scallions. Sauteed till soft with a bit of rice bran oil, leeks are sweet and are less harsh than onions. Meat patties or meatballs are a great hiding place for leeks as the colour blends in and my children hardly notice it. OKAY so Riley did ask me what was that green thing in the meat. I explained it was a yummy ingredient but he was too busy eating and enjoying it to care about whether it was veggie or not.
- 500g minced chicken meat
- 200g leek
- 120g of fresh raw chicken liver
- 3 tablespoons of light soya sauce
- 8 tablespoons of corn flour (you can add an egg and half the corn flour amount. I use a hefty amount of corn flour as my son is allergic and cannot eat eggs)
- 5 tablespoons of teriyaki sauce (or any preferred bbq sauce) as a topping
My biggest tip for this recipe is to think about your ratio of meat to veggies to liver. If you follow a 3, 2, 1 ratio of meat to veggies to liver, it should turn out pretty awesome and not have a gamey aftertaste from the liver.
However, I hear you if it feels scary feeding liver to your child for the first time. So if your child and you have not tried liver before, reduce the amount by another half to start slow.
Chop the leek finely and saute with a bit of oil till sweet and translucent and set aside.
Chop the fresh raw chicken liver finely and combine well into the minced chicken.
Add 3 tablespoons of light soya sauce and corn flour to the chicken mixture and combine well.
Add the sauteed leek to this mixture and combine well. Form mini patties (or balls also works) with hands or spoons.
Brush the top of each patty with teriyaki sauce.
Place on a well-oiled baking tray, bake at 200 degrees on grill mode in the oven for about 15 minutes till golden brown.