If you like pork and offal, there's no looking back from this dish. Pork Sorpotel is a tangy, spicy preparation that tastes even better the next day.
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Classic Thanksgiving stuffing augmented with chicken livers.
A quick flash in hot oil not only renders a crispy shell around the organ meat, but the livers are cooked just enough to yield a tender, slightly pink, creamy interior. Dipped in hot sauce, these crunchy and earthy livers are like a more flavorful and exciting version of chicken nuggets.
Bacon and liver make a good pairing. The bacon keeps the liver from overcooking or breaking off into chunks on the grill, much in the way you'd wrap an organ or a piece of meat in caul fat to keep it together.
Oyster sauce brings out the sweetness of fresh liver in this Chinese take on classic liver and onions.
Stir-fried liver and onions, with the flavors of Sichuan province: chili peppers, fermented bean paste, and Sichuan peppercorns.
This sweet and tangy Filipino pork liver sauce is a fit pairing for crispy and juicy lechon—roast pig.
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If you're one of those fine folks who just can't get enough liver, we have just the recipe for your. In this recipe for Rigatoni with Chicken Livers, Cipollini Onions, and Sage from Marc Vetri's Rustic Italian Food, a lush ragu is made with minced chicken livers, sweet melted onions, and leaves of sage. Loosened with butter and a splash of starchy pasta cooking water, the ragu coats the rigatoni in a way that's rich and wholly satisfying.
Some people soak their liver in milk before cooking it. It's my opinion that if you get good quality fresh liver, that process is simply a waste of milk. Both the onions and the potatoes are cooked in leftover bacon fat and because of that, make sure you get very good quality bacon. If you can't locate good quality bacon that you trust, cook the bacon separately and cook the onions and potatoes in a few tablespoons of butter. Meals as simple as this are totally reliant on the quality of the ingredients that you use. It's especially important when cooking offal that you make the extra effort to get the best ingredients you can find.
Paired with red chile sauce, liver tastes rich but not intensely so, and the spiciness of the sauce complements the strong taste of the organ.
You can use any kind of liver you like, but poultry liver is particularly tender and creamy, and easy to find in the grocery store or your farmer's market.
Adapted from Pork and Sons by Stéphane Reynaud...
Making this pâté at home, it was a struggle to wait until it had cooled with all those heady, meaty aromas and the lovely layer of bacon on top. Slicing into it, the texture was rustically grainy with an over-the-top porky flavor. It's fatty enough to easily spread on toast. Juniper and brandy come through in a big herbal way. Sliced thin and served alongside crusty bread with a bit of mustard and cornichons (and of course, a glass of wine) this pâté is probably the most authentically French dish to come out of my kitchen.
The richness of the liver thickens this sauce and helps it cling to your strands of pasta. Between bites of pasta, you'll get tender slivers of neckbone meat and slightly chewy bits of gizzard—a really enjoyable contrast of textures with very little effort on your part.
If you've only experienced the creaminess of chicken liver, try to imagine the indulgence of duck liver. Its texture, though a far cry from foie gras, approaches the richness of something that tastes too good to be a humble cut of offal sold for a pittance.
I have been waiting for years to use the expression "What am I, chopped liver?" It's my hasta la vista, if you will, the one sentence that I see myself saying with gusto in imagined social settings. Part of the attraction stems from the paucity of colloquialisms out there that make references to offal. I finally found an opportunity to use it last week, and afterward, I went home to make this chopped liver recipe to celebrate.