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    Okay, it's time to start eating organ meats, particularly liver. I'm a good cook and not squeamish, but I don't have any experience working with liver.

    Any tips for making tasty beef and/or chicken liver dishes?

    ETA: Sorry -- DUH. Dunno how I missed the other thread!
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  • #2
    For beef liver, I usually just put salt and some indian masala spice mix on it and fry it up in coconut oil with onions. I love beef liver, but don't like pork liver or chicken liver very much.
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    • #3
      I'm going to attempt to make Chicken Liver pate, I hear it's wonderful (using a recipe from Julia Childs, with lots of butter!). I figure I could start there. I hear all the benefits of eating organs, but it's not something I'm going to force myself to do unless I like it. Good luck! (to both of us!)

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      • #4
        I'm a BIG fan of chicken liver but not beef liver. Here is a recipe from my blog you'll love

        http://paleomiddleeastern.blog.com/2...4/hello-world/

        Another variation is to follow the same recipe just add 1/2 head cauliflower, sautee with onions and add 1 tsp curry to the dish to give a different flavor, hope this helps
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        • #5
          I had calves liver with green curry: amazing! (and I hated, no HATED, liver as a child.)
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          • #6
            I like chicken livers, especially duck livers, goat liver is surprisingly mild also, sometimes pork; but beef liver has the most funk. So it benefits by soaking in water with dash of vinegar before cooking. Basically, most livers go very well with bacon, onions and dash of vinegar.

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            • #7
              I think liver tastes delicious as long as it's not overcooked (past medium). Still pink on the inside and it will be nice and creamy. The beef liver I get has a membrane strip running along the outside. I usually just peel it off after it's cooked. If it's not removed it makes biting off a piece tricky, haha. Also I run in to some chewy bits sometimes, but that doesn't really bother me. I love them with caramelized onions.

              I made this recipe for chicken livers and it was AWESOME: Chopped Liver Recipe : Ina Garten : Food Network
              I also used the technique in this recipe of putting the pate into ramekins topped with schmaltz to keep them fresh since I've heard that cooked liver doesn't freeze well and I'm the only one who eats it in my small household.

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              • #8
                Beef liver, cut thickly (over half inch thick), dredged in seasoned flour (I use spelt) and sauted quickly in bacon fat until just browned, pink in the middle. It's a whole different experience than thin-sliced liver. Like the most tender steak imaginable!! (I've loved liver all my life, but this new experience of thick cut is WAY beyond my previous experience - can ya tell?)

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                • #9
                  Fry it up in bacon grease, add loads of sliced onion and the bacon, have a glass of red--you will feel better right into to your bones.
                  This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it. Ralph Waldo Emerson

                  Any given day you are surrounded by 10,000 idiots.
                  Lao Tsu, founder of Taoism

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                  • #10
                    I cook my onions first. In my experience it takes far longer to get nicely carmelized onions than it does to cook liver. Once they are cooked I shove them to the side of the pan and put in the liver. Season with S&P and a little paprika (or whatever spices you like). I then put the onions on top of the liver. A couple of minutes later - move onions, flip liver, season that side, recover with onions. Just be careful not to overcook the liver.

                    I think the onions on top (and cooking the liver in the onion pan) adds flavor and moisture so it does not dry out. Of course, I could just be smoking crack. Either way, it is very nice

                    edit: I use butter to cook the onions/liver.

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                    • #11
                      Ok, we tried it. Lots of caramelized onions and garlic, lots of bacon grease. Not overcooked; in fact, we put in back on the heat after our first taste.

                      "Creamy" is a good description...but meat should not be creamy. Um, eew. I REALLY wanted to like it, too. So did Ironman, who is describing it as "glipey." LOL I think we'll take Chris Kresser's advice and freeze it in tiny bits to swallow as pills. Just not our thing, alas.

                      Who's tried beef heart? Any good? Any advice?
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                      • #12
                        I had liver with bacon and onions for dinner last night and when I first had it I hated it. But then about 2 months later I started craving it, but I still didn't like the taste of it. Last night was the 3rd time I tried it and I actually really liked it - as long as it was sandwiched between bacon and onions that is. I would love to try other organ meats but I am scared.
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                        • #13
                          Heart is delicious. It tastes like steak with a nice dense texture. I like it seared like a steak, but this only works if you trim it well YouTube - Cleaning a beef heart

                          There was also a slow cooker recipe here on MDA: Slow-Cooked Heart on Fire with Creamed Kale
                          I haven't tried it slow cooked because it's so delicious seared!

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                          • #14
                            Awesome, thanks yodie!

                            Fern, for us it was a texture thing rather than a taste thing. Go figure, eh?
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                            • #15
                              I do prefer beef heart quick-cooked, I haven't really found it to have the right composition for low temp, long time cooking: I stewed some chuck and heart pieces, and the chuck fell apart when bitten but the heart was quite chewy. The times I've cooked it like a steak (medium rare) on the other hand, were excellent.

                              It's the taste I don't care for. Mind, the texture isn't anything to do cartwheels over (and yes, when it's not cooked enough it's just eugh!) but when they're in small pieces I don't mind too much. The idea of freezing them to take as pills is intriguing though.

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