Friday, August 6, 2010

LIVER!

Look at this lovely liver waiting for me!

Liver is such a superfood. Since learning about real food and the WAPF, I've been meaning to add foods like organ meats to my diet. It hasn't been easy, mainly because the first problem is finding a source. The second problem, the actual cooking, isn't that big of a deal for me. I have other food bloggers that have blazed the organ meat trail before me and have left behind several good recipes! After finally finding out a good source of grass-fed organ meats at a local gourmet food store, I can now jump in and try my taste buds out on some interesting "new" traditional foods, which I've never ever eaten before. Eek!

Unfortunately, I did not take a picture of my liver attempts and I just ate the last of the casserole for lunch! In the package of liver there were 4 beautiful beef livers. I took them out, rinsed, tossed them in olive oil and then breaded them in almond + coconut flour with smoked paprika. I fried it up with onions and ate it with roasted zucchini and sweet potato disks. Even with the loads of ketchup I put on top I could still not get over the fact that I was eating liver!! The texture is soo different and while the taste wasn't bad, it was queer, for lack of a better word. I think half of it was in my head :)

With the liver leftovers (lots) I placed them in a dish and pureed them with a hand blender. Then I added this liver puree to a casserole I made in my "new-old" Wapak cast iron pan that had sauteed veggies, tomato paste, chunks of raw cheddar cheese, and ground turkey; the casserole was topped with almond flour, olive oil and raw milk parmesan cheese and placed under the broiler for about 5 minutes until brown and bubbling. This casserole, while you could still taste the liver sometimes, was quite good, and spicy! I'm definitely going to try this again with less liver and spices. I ate the leftovers throughout the week and felt great. Liver is a superfood!

Have you ever tried liver or other organ meats? What did you think, would you do it again?

3 comments:

kaztronomic said...

I've never tried it, but I have an open mind to trying new things. I think you're very brave to go for it, but it sounds like you enjoyed it. :D

nhchefbecky said...

Ate liver once a week as a child and as an adult I eat it when I can find a healthy source. It is an acquired taste but well worth the effort. I always feel great after a meal of liver. Where did you find your liver?

Kelsey said...

my mom used to always cook liver and onions for my dad. i freaked out because it was so weird to me... yet it smelt pretty good! i actually sampled some but i had to put a lot of sauce and onions on.. so im not sure how it really tasted.. but im still alive so all is good hehe.

it truly is a superfood like you said :)

have a wodnerful weekend!!

xoxo <3