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    I never had liver growing up, because my father hated it. I didn't try it until about a year ago. It is now one of my favorite meals. I typically eat one 4-6 oz peice of local, orgainic, grass fed beef liver once a week. I fry up some onions, garlic, & chives in lard (in my cast iron pan), then I add the liver. I cook it nice and rare. I remove this and then cook 4 duck eggs in the left over grease.....friggen awesome!
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    My grandma cooked it in bacon fat.
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    I hate the flavor and the texture. The best way I've found is to cut calf liver in to small cubes and dredge them in a coconut flour/curry powder. I then quickly "deep fry" in ghee and serve the little cubes with a lemon/cilantro vinaigrette. The texture it better to me when they get this crispy outer bit and then don't get to overcooked.

    Anyway - it worked for me. Now I just have to find a decent source of calf liver.....
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    I'm eating liver a couple of times a week to overcome an iron defiency so this post giving me a boost! I had it for lunch today coated in coconut flour and fried in coconut oil. I browned some onions and shredded and wilted some swiss chard, mixed it all up and put two fried eggs and some freshly milled black pepper. Man - it was good!

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    My mother used to try to feed me liver, bacon and onions with pease pudding. Utterly. Vile. But, she also made chicken liver pasta, which was chicken liver slivers sauteed in a tomato and onion sauce with lots of parsley which is delicious (sans pasta). I also like any kind of pate or terrine. The only other form of liver I find edible is lambs liver, soaked in lemon juice, then rinsed, dried, dredged in beaten egg then dipped in coconut flour and lightly fried. It's OK.

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    Here’s what I do:
    1. Thinly slice calves’ liver and place in a bowl with crushed garlic and red wine to cover. Let soak an hour or so.
    2. Trim, peel, and half an onion (or a couple if they’re small) and thinly slice.
    3. Sauté the onion in Kerrygold (or another safe fat) until decently caramelized. Remove to a warm plate.
    4. In batches (if needed, as not to overcrowd the pan) sauté the liver, adding more Kerrygold/fat as needed. This needs to be HOT and QUICK, DO NOT overcook the liver! Add to plate with onions.
    5. Deglaze the pan with a bit of demiglace. Add back the stuff in the plate to warm through.

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    I bought a ton of calves liver yesterday.

    I seasoned it.

    Then threw it all on the BBQ.

    AWESOME!!
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    I got some liverwurst from US Wellness meats. It's beef liverwurst (most liverwurst is pig liver.) It's very mild in flavor and fairly firm. It's pretty good. I think I could mix it in with eggs either scrambled or in an omelet. But today I just placed cold circles on lettuce leaves and topped with sour cream and avocado for a plain and simple breakfast.
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    I have always liked liver decently well - my favorite growing up was German liverwurst. (Mom IS a resident-alien German...) Didn't like slices of liver as my dear Mutti seems kind of afraid of meat and always cooks/cooked all flesh to a hearty well-done - her liver hit a sizzling hot pan naked and instantly curled up and died. It wasn't until I reached adulthood and started collecting cookbooks that I discovered the tastiness of liver more gently cooked in butter and taken off the heat before all the pink disappears...

    Here might be your next adventure...kidneys. I actually found some fresh ones not too long ago. I instantly did a cookbook and internet recipe search for the proper method. The internet had wonderful suggestions like "no matter what you do, kidneys always smell like piss", and the like. I finally found a friendly web page and tried it. Know what - it is decent! I can see where the English would make steak-and-kidney pie a national dish... Now to find whatever is known by the euphemism of "sweetbreads"...

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