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Because of their rich and creamy texture, not to mention a subtly sweet and minerally flavor, chicken livers seem to have a natural affinity for alcohol. The sweet notes in a whiskey or a cognac, for example, may pair well with the subtle sweetness of chicken livers. And the hop bitterness and carbonation of a good beer can often balance the richness of chicken liver and cleanse it from the palate.
And although a chicken liver paté, or mousse, spread onto a toasted sliver of bread does make for a great bar snack, I prefer the Southern rendition of chicken livers—soaked in buttermilk, dredged in flour, and deep-fried.
A quick flash in hot oil not only renders a crispy shell around the organ meat, but the livers are cooked just enough to yield a tender, slightly pink, creamy interior. Dipped in hot sauce, these crunchy and earthy livers are like a more flavorful and exciting version of chicken nuggets.