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Old 01-02-2014, 01:53 PM   #1
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Liver the power food... how do you eat it?

I was reading on a Paleo blog this morning about all of the health benefits of liver. The blog was talking about a way to make it in to a frozen pill format. My family and I are definitely carnivores, I am not opposed to eating it, I just havent tried because I dont know how to prepare it.

Do you have a terrific recipe and preparation to share? I would really appreciate it.
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I always fry mine up w/ a bunch of sliced onions. I use coconut oil to cook it in. Cook the liver or the onions first, but the key to my liver is never overcook it. I will take it out when it is a little pink in the middle and it will finish cooking on the platter. Very tender that way.
I never buy liver at the store. Liver is an organ that takes toxins out of the body, so liver that is not from a grass fed/finished animal would have a lot of toxins in it. I buy from farmers market, co-op, etc.
I LOVE liver & onions, but usually just have it every 4-6 mo. for some reason, then I get really hungry for it. Full of nutrients.
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I love liver, onions, and bacon!

I first cut the liver into serving size pieces, then dredge the liver in a bit of seasoned Carbquik or other LC flour of your choice. Let it sit while you cook up as many slices of bacon as you like in a large frying pan. Remove the bacon and let drain on paper towels; meanwhile, thinly slice an onion and cook that in the bacon fat until they're done to your liking.

Put those aside also and now cook your liver in the onion-flavored bacon fat. As Linda says - you don't want to overcook it or it gets like shoe leather. You want it to have a little "give" to it when pressed with your finger or the back of a fork.

Plate it up, top with the onions and the bacon, and have at it!
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Old 01-03-2014, 09:47 AM   #4
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Linda, no flour? I would rather not...

Charski, that sounds delish. I may get some Carbquik for the first time ever, just for this recipe. When you say "give", maybe like a medium rare/med steak?
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Smells amazing...doesn't taste like it smells
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What about chicken livers sauteed with onions and peppers, garlic and soy sauce (or Bragg's). This is a favourite of mine. Or saute chicken livers and onions, and blend till smooth in the food processor, then chill in the fridge. Top with more fried onions, because you can never have enough fried onions! Chopped liver is awesome with a salad, and a dollop of horseradish.
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Don't forget fried chicken livers.
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despise liver. So--I eat 6 liver pills every other day.
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I really don't like it, but love to smell the onions. I don't see why you couldn't use one of the bakemixes posted. Charski, I just might be able to tolerate it with the bacon!
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Chicken liver pate is amazing.
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I have a theory that only women like liver... I'm a guy, and I can't stand it. The only way I will eat it is in country-style pate, and then the flavor and texture is disguised. I can't even eat chicken livers, nor the tomally in a lobster (which serves the same function).
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I have a theory that only women like liver... I'm a guy, and I can't stand it. The only way I will eat it is in country-style pate, and then the flavor and texture is disguised. I can't even eat chicken livers, nor the tomally in a lobster (which serves the same function).
I don't think its women only.. My DH loves liver and can't understand how good my liver is when I will not put that vile stuff to my lips.
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Smells amazing...doesn't taste like it smells
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I don't think its women only.. My DH loves liver and can't understand how good my liver is when I will not put that vile stuff to my lips.
Very simple,,,,, I DON'T!!!!
I too despise it!!! Personally I can't stand the smell of it either.
As for only women liking it, I think most of the ones that I know that like it are men!! But I do know a few women who do too.
My husband & son really like it, I, my daughter, and DIL DON'T like it at all. I hate the smell as well (as I said above), so I rarely ever (haven't in years) make it for hubby.
Not sure I've even seen liver pills.
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I hate it...I was scared for life as a child...being forced to choke the nasty stuff down!

Fast forward 38years....I now blend 40g with 110g beef mince ( with a blender!) and add chilli powder, cumin, coriander and some garam masala.....shape into large patties and fry in salted butter. It's good that way. I also blend four times that amount with 800g beef mince to make things like spag Bol for my family. My big kids and partner all love liver...they eat haggis and pate like there is no tomorrow! The baby...he would prefer a lamb chop like his muma
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I absolutely love liver. Any kind of liver. I fry it or casserole it or have it as pate. Chopped up it can be mixed in with other meats or soups. If you really don't like the flavour or texture then just blend it and add it to your stock.
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I just made liver the other night--sort of stir fried it and it was ok, not great. DH did complement me, though, on cooking it to just the right doneness so it was tender. Now I have some leftover and am trying to come up with a good way to use it. Some sort of pâté I'm guessing 💬

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If you remember the cookbook from the seventies, called the silver palate, it has a fabulous recipe for chicken liver pate. I cannot force myself to try any other recipes because this one is so good!
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Just had me a nice slice of liver with 2 thick pieces of bacon, caramelized onions, and 2 poached eggs with Pepper Plant hot sauce for breakfast. I take the bacon off the top of the liver, put the two poached eggs on top, put the hot sauce on THAT, eat with a knife and fork and have the bacon separately. It's such a wonderful filling tasty meal.
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If you soak liver in milk for several hours, it will take out a lot of the livery smell people don't like. I soak mine all day, take it out, pat it dry and then quickly sauté it with a pile of sweet onions (start the onions first). You can add bacon or mushrooms or whatever else strikes your fancy.

Chicken livers are also good made into a stroganoff. Saute some onions and mushrooms, and add a spoonful of paprika. Add a pound of chicken livers, and cook them until they are just pink in the middle. Stir in a bout a cup and a half of sour cream and heat. The cream makes the livers taste very mild.
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I bought some livers this week at the store. I am going to try my hand at pate! I googled the Silver Palate recipe and came up with many hits so I will use that recipe.

I used to love the fried ones from KFC when I was little. I wonder if they still sell them......Not LC, I am sure!
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I've read this entire thread with a smile.

I make mine exactly like Char does.

My husband loves his liver/onion/bacon meal.
We don't have anyone in the family who likes it for some reason.
Well now I'll have to go get me some from the butcher shop.
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I don't like the taste of liver myself. I force feed it once every few months. However, my grandmother, great-grandmother and fam not only ate liver weekly, but devoted many hours to making liver pate and specialty dishes in order that the family truly "liked" "loved" liver.
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I hate it...I was scared for life as a child...being forced to choke the nasty stuff down!

Fast forward 38years....I now blend 40g with 110g beef mince ( with a blender!) and add chilli powder, cumin, coriander and some garam masala.....shape into large patties and fry in salted butter. It's good that way. I also blend four times that amount with 800g beef mince to make things like spag Bol for my family. My big kids and partner all love liver...they eat haggis and pate like there is no tomorrow! The baby...he would prefer a lamb chop like his muma
I think it is humorous that we now love what we once fled from and even frightened us.
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You forgot rumaki...Chicken liver wrapped around a Water chestnut slice, wrapped in bacon and baked til bacon is crisp...of course, the original recipe calls for deep frying.

I, too, do the liver, bacon, onion stir fry and also include bell pepper in the mix. My favorite was when a friend was a meat inspector and used to bring home inch-and-a-half thick liver steaks and we'd broil them to medium rare...Keep hoping I can catch my butcher when he's slicing liver so I can get one of those.
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LOL I love chicken liver pate and fried like Charski & Bille. Yum I need to get some.
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