I know..I know, you’re already groaning thinking liver??!!
I actually don’t mind liver. I like it occasionally…I like it fried with onions. I like the way mom fixed it too with a cream of mushroom gravy over the top but we end up with too much liver.
As part of Hubby’s wages for working we are supplied with beef. Typically we get a half at a time. The person getting the other half never wants their half of the liver so we get it. The same is true for when we butcher hogs. Well Hubby likes live so her always says we’ll take it. For the most part, I’m fine with that but the liver does add up in the freezer rather quickly.
The other day I was making Waffle Cookies with the childcare kiddos. They loved the cookies (find recipe here). As I was flipping through the recipe book I saw a recipe for liver loaf. Well we have so much liver in the freezer that I thought what’s the harm in trying it. If the recipe is awful we’ll throw it out…no lose as far as I was concerned because there is more liver.
So I tried the recipe.
Initially I thought YUK…but then, I let it cool. I was going to throw it out but I thought I’d let Hubby give it a try. I had made it on a Monday night when he had a fireman’s meeting. I forgot that they were serving pizza at the meeting. So he didn’t eat supper at home and this went into the refrigerator.
The next day I fed the childcare kids leftover goulash. They ate it all and there was none for me….In an effort not to waste food, that left me with cold liver loaf. I put the stuff in a sandwich, added some horseradish sauce and a little mustard…I liked it. I honestly liked it.
It tastes a lot like braunschweiger. I grew up on the stuff and always really liked it. I know it’s an acquired taste but I do like it…Hubby does too. So the next night I told him and asked him if he’d try it in his sandwiches for work….HE LIKES IT TOO!! He did admit to trying it warm and hating it too.
I am sure this won’t be the most popular recipe I’ve ever shared here on the blog but ….here’s the recipe. I doubled it to get the amount I have in the picture.
1 pound sliced liver
3/4 cup boiling water
1 medium onion
1/2 pound pork sausage
1 cup dried bread crumbs
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
4 slices of bacon
Pour the water over the liver and simmer 5 minutes. remove liver and grind with the onion. I did mine in the food processor. Add the remaining ingredients except the bacon. Mix together. Place in a loaf pan. Top with bacon. Bake 45 minuter is 350 degree oven.
Feel free to try it warm….I really suggest cold as being the best way to eat it.
I am actually happy I found the recipe. I don’t mind eating liver a couple times a month but that’s plenty. This gives us another option for using it up.