Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Lynchburg Liver

Beef liver can offer an inexpensive diversity to your monthly menu. The problem is; “How are you going to get him to eat it?” A generation has been raised on over cooked shoe leather masquerading as liver. Here we find by the judicious addition of scientifically proven “Man Pleasing” ingredients they will be asking: “When are we going to have liver again?” Use the magic of bacon & Jack Daniels along with garlic & onions!

Like any other food humans have eaten for thousands of years, liver has good and bad points. This is not for me to delve into. To paraphrase Star Trek's “Bones” McCoy: “Damn it Jim, I'm a cook not a doctor!”


1-2 lbs beef liver
1 cup milk (or water with lemon juice)
2 Tbs butter
½ cup cake flour
3 cups chicken broth
3 slices bacon
4 cloves garlic chopped
1 medium yellow onion sliced
2 Tbs maple syrup
1 Tbs Jack Daniels
salt & pepper to taste


Preheat oven to 350 and spray a baking dish.

Rinse liver and place in bowl or dish covered in milk. Let sit for an hour.
If holding kosher try water with juice of a lemon or 1 or 2 Tbs of vinegar.
Pat dry.

Dredge in ½ cup cake flour, sprinkle with salt and pepper then place in baking dish. Save the four.

Slice the onions and mince the garlic. Place in separate bowls.

Fry 3 pieces of bacon until desired “done”-ness and remove to paper towel.
Add onions to skillet with the bacon grease and lower the heat. Stir and cook until turning slightly brown. About 10 – 15 minutes.

Add garlic and reserved flour to the pan and stir until well moistened. Slowly stir in the chicken broth and let thicken as you stir occasionally. Careful that it does not burn.
When nicely thick, remove from heat and stir in the maple syrup and Jack Daniels. Taste and adjust any seasonings to your preference.
Lay pieces of bacon in the baking dish and arrange liver in one layer on top.

Pour the sauce over to cover. Then seal the dish with foil and bake for a full hour.
Remove foil and continue baking for an additional 25 minutes.

Transfer the pieces of liver to a platter with a slotted spoon and place the bacon on top. If gravy is thin, pour into a sauce pan with a slurry of 4 tbs water and 2 tbs corn starch. Heat and stir until desired thickness.
This serves well with mashed potatoes or noodles and a side of a broccoli.

What a surprise for your table tonight!
For music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HOY6Sd9Q82Y

So happy to honor my Master Indy with a Maple & Jack Daniels version of liver!


To satisfy and restore.
To nourish, support and maintain.
To gratify, spoil, comfort and please,
to nurture, assist, and sustain
..I cook!

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