so what? i like meat organs….liver and onions, not for the squeamish…

31 Mar

My mom made a chinese style of liver all the time and we always ate it without blinking an eye.  I never really cooked it until I moved out on my own and can see why people would be squeamish about preparing it.

The texture is gelatinous and slippery and if you’re not gentle while cutting it, it can sort of shred a bloody mess.  Cooking it also makes people weirded out as it touches the heat, it immediately starts shrinking as if alive.  But saying all that, liver is delicious?  Don’t believe me?  Make this super common recipe and you’ll change your mind…I hope.

What you need!
1 pig liver
1 large yellow onion
6 strips of bacon
1 tbsp dark soy sauce
1 tbsp light soy sauce
1 garlic clove minced
olive oil

What to do!

1.  Start by marinating the liver.  This is possible the grossest part.  If not already pre-cut for you, slice the liver into 1/4″ thickness cuts.  In a large bowl, add the liver and give it a rinse.  Drain and add the soy sauces and garlic.  Stir it up and let it sit for a bit.  I have heard that soaking liver in milk takes out the bitter flavour but the slight bitterness has never bothered me so I always skip that step.

2.  Carmelize those onions!  Slice your onions and separate the rings into a pan on high heat with a drizzle of olive oil.  Start to brown the onions and once they start getting some colour, add about 1/4 water.  I find the water cooks them faster and allows them to soften.  Allow the water to evaporate and continue cooking on medium heat until the onions are soft and nice and brown.  This can take 10-15 minutes.

3.  Add the chopped bacon to the onion mix and cook until the bacon is slightly crispy.  Take out the onion mixture and reserve some of the bacon fat for frying the liver.

4.  On medium heat, carefully place the liver down on the pan.  Cook each side of the liver for only a couple of minutes.  Liver is very tough when overcooked so allow it to be slightly rare in the centre.  Add the cooked liver to your onion mix and enjoy!

*Note:  I somehow forgot to take a picture of the liver cooking because cooking the liver happened so fast!

Approx Costs:
liver – $0.80
onion – $0.50
bacon – $1.00
other – $0.50

Total – $2.80 for 3 servings or $0.93 per person, you will need to make a side to make this a complete meal


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