I really don’t like eating liver. I sit there just staring at it and working up the courage to take a bite. Then I have to wait until I forget how gross the last bite was before taking another. Sometimes I sit there all evening just to end up eating maybe 1/2 cup or so. Why do I torture myself eating it? Liver is the ONLY food that I can notice making a huge difference in my energy. If my muscles are sore or if I’m lacking energy, liver is almost an instant pick-me up. It also seems to help me sleep better.
From my hatred of liver has emerged an obsession with figuring out a recipe that I actually like. Well today’s attempt was not too bad and so I deem it good enough for the blog recipes :). I made a pâté after reading many recipes online. Most recipes don’t include the onions in the actual pâté, but I love onions so they get thrown in. Anything to mask the liver flavor! Also I did not cook the onions very much, they ended up simmering for at most 5 minutes. Be generous with the onions and butter, and this recipe is quite good.
For this recipe, I did soak my liver for 6 hours in lemon juice. Then I rinsed/drained it before adding it to the saucepan. Still not sure if soaking makes a difference but it’s not hard to do. I also served it with cheese, because cheese makes everything better.
Liver Pâté with Cranberries
0.5 lbs (1 cup) liver
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic
1 bay leaf
1 tsp white pepper
1/4 tsp thyme
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup butter
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup dried cranberries, sweetened in apple juice or honey
Soak liver for 5+ hours in lemon juice. Rinse well.
Add liver, onion, bay leaf, white pepper and thyme to a saucepan with water. Cook at a simmer for a few minutes until liver is mostly cooked. Set aside and cool.
Add liver and onions to a blender or food processor. Add butter, salt and pepper and pulse until smooth. Mix in cranberries by hand.
Scoop into small dishes and cool in refrigerator. Serve on slices of cheese.
If you’re interested in other “Real Food” ideas, check out Real Food Wednesdays this week hosted by Kelly the Kitchen Kop. Note that most of the participants do not follow SCD, but their ideas can really help inspire you to try creating new recipes.