Drob de pui – a delicious chicken appetizer for the Easter brunch, a twist on the traditional Romanian lamb drob.
The traditional Romanian Easter drob it is actually made with lamb. For the orthodox Christians the lamb symbolizes Jesus’ sacrifice for the mankind, so traditionally each family would have lamb for Easter. Romanian drob is actually a mixture made from the lamb offal like heart, kidney, liver, spleen and spring onions, green garlic and lots of herbs like dill and parsley.
There are lots of variations of this very popular Romanian Easter dish, but today I am going to present you the recipe for a chicken drob made with chicken liver and chicken breast.
- 500 g/ 1.1 lbs chicken liver
- 250 g/ 8.8 oz chicken breast
- 100 g/ 3.5 oz green or spring onions
- 50 g/ 1.7 oz wild garlic/ 1 bunch green garlic (see note)
- 1 can sliced mushrooms
- 3 large eggs
- 1 bunch parsley (about 30 g/ 1.05 worth of chopped parsley leaves)
- 1 bunch dill (about 30 g/ 1.05 worth of chopped dill)
- 1 teaspoon salt or more to taste
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
Place the chicken liver in a medium pot, cover with water and bring to a boil. Boil for 3-4 minutes and drain well. It should be cooked through but still slightly pink in the middle. In another pot cook the chicken breast as well, it should be cooked through.
In the meantime roughly chop the onions and wild garlic. Drain the mushrooms and roughly chop the herbs. Lightly beat the eggs in a small bowl.
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius/ 360 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a small baking dish 20×20 cm/ 8×8 inches with baking paper.
When the chicken liver and breast are cool enough to handle, chop them both into pieces. Place all the prepared ingredients in the food processor, add the salt and the pepper and process until you obtain a rough paste. I never make it too fine, I like to have some bits of meat and greens left. Taste and add more salt and pepper if necessary.
Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan and level. Bake for about 30-35 minutes until a nice crust is formed. Let cool completely, remove from the baking dish and cut into squares.
Serve with bread/crackers, mustard and raw vegetables like radishes, tomatoes, carrots, green onions, olives etc.