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Yum! Liver! -- 'When all else fails, turn to offal'

I'm one of those foodies who respects offal.Like Adrian Mole I think it's Offally Good.

Liver, for instance, is one of the most densely nutritious of foods on the planet.

  • An excellent source of high-quality protein
  • Nature’s most concentrated source of vitamin A
  • All the B vitamins in abundance, particularly vitamin B12
  • One of our best sources of folic acid
  • A highly usable form of iron
  • Trace elements such as copper, zinc and chromium; liver is our best source of copper
  • An unidentified anti-fatigue factor
  • CoQ10, a nutrient that is especially important for cardio-vascular function
  • A good source of purines, nitrogen-containing compounds that serve as precursors for DNA and RNA. (See more: The Liver Files LINK)

But your everyday organ meats can be temperamental to cook with -- so I've been trying to become my own in-house viscera chef.

Big day today as I finally got a handle on the lambs liver DIY :

LIVE AND ONIONS TACO

  • Slice the lambs liver thinly and soak in milk for at least 30 minutes.
  • Slice a whole onion thinly and soak it with the liver in milk  for 30 minutes.
  • If you use a mild onion (like a red) you can skip soaking the onion -- or, if keen, and organised, you could soak the onion and the liver overnight in its shared milk bath -- if not overnight, then notch up a few hours soaking the ingredients.
  • THEN: Shake dry and fry up the onions in olive oil until they begin to cameralise. That may take 20 minutes depending on personal preference. Sweat them to your liking before throwing in the sliced liver along with freshly crushed or grated garlic (be generous).Season with salt, pepper and chili of choice. Don't over cook the liver.
  • IN THE MEANTIME: fry up a couple of tacos. (I prefer the smaller corn tortillas [pack of 10] but wheat is OK)
  • Shred some cabbage (or an available leaf veg combo of choice) and mix that with diced spring onion. The  raw cabbage partners really well.
  • Assemble the tortilla: liver and onions with lots of shredded cabbage on top. No need to add any dressing, exotic salsas or extras.
  • Fold over and enjoy.

Seriously, this is delicious.

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yum!! will have to try this sounds good!

My mother always cooked her's with bacon and onion.  While I haven't had any in about 40 years, I do recall it fondly.  

As do I! I have made it without the Onion but with thick scrumptious gravy. Best sliced thinly, dredged in flour and fried quickly.

I forgot to mention the gravy.... hang on a minute, Elaine, you aren't my mum are you?!  Oh, wait.  No, I took her to the Christmas party yesterday and she wasn't you.  All good. 

Pheww - just as well ;-) Do we cook lamb's fry the same way? You know what they say about great minds ;-)

“I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti” ― Thomas Harris, The Silence of the Lambs

The yellow highlighter gives you a quick visual check of which food provides the most of each nutrient per 100g of product. This is why I describe liver as the most nutritious food on the planet. Please let me know if you find a food with essential fats and complete protein, which is richer in vitamins and minerals than liver. (LINK)

 Table 1

(All per 100g of product) Chicken Liver Sardines Eggs Sunflower seeds Kale
Essential Fats – omega 3 (mg) 6 1,480 74 74 180
Essential Fats – omega 6 (mg) 486 3,544 1,148 23,048 138
Protein Quality (100+ = complete protein) 149 148 136 88 92
Vitamins
A Retinol (900 mcg) 3,290 32 139 0 0
A Carotene (assumed retinol equivalent) 6 0 1 3 769
B1 (Thiamin) (1.2 mg) 0.3 0.1 0.1 1.5 0.1
B2 (Riboflavin) (1.3 mg) 1.8 0.2 0.5 0.4 0.1
B3 (Niacin) (16 mg) 9.7 5.2 0.1 8.3 1
B5 (Pantothenic Acid) (5 mg) (AI) 6.2 0.6 1.4 1.1 0.1
B6 (1.7 mg) 0.9 0.2 0.1 1.3 0.3
Folate (400 mcg) 588 12 47 227 29
B12 (2.4 mcg) 16.6 8.9 1.3 0 0
C (90 mg) 17.9 0 0 1.4 120
D (600 IU) (AI) (*) neg 272 35 0 0
E (15 mg) 0.7 2 1 33.2 0
K (120 mcg) (AI) 0 2.6 0.3 0 817
Minerals (M)
Calcium (1,000 mg) (AI) 8 382 53 78 135
Magnesium (420 mg) 19 39 12 325 34
Phosphorus (700 mg) 297 490 191 660 56
Minerals (T)
Copper (0.9 mg) 0.5 0.2 0.1 1.8 0.3
Iron (18 mg) 9.0 2.9 1.8 5.2 1.7
Manganese (2.3 mg) (AI) 0.3 0.1 0.0 1.9 0.8
Selenium (55 mcg) 54.6 52.7 31.7 53.0 0.9
Zinc (11 mg) 2.7 1.3 1.1 5.0 0.4

Do you soak the liver beforehand?

in milk.

My Mum used to cook lambs fry like bricks. The bacon was edible :(

Badddd childhood memory that one. We kids were omnivorous and could normally eat anything...but not the lambs fry.

It takes a delicate touch, even the Bacon needs watching to get it crispy but not hard. Not a meal for the time-poor.

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