I’ll admit I’m no fan of liver, however Mr JH enjoys it so every now and then, I indulge him. There’s no doubt that it’s a very cheap meal. I bought a pack of lambs liver to feed four for £1.23 in the local supermarket.
As there were only two of us this weekend, I decided to do half as a casserole and half as a risotto.
These recipes are all about disguise. The first photo looks dire however, just by cutting the liver into small pieces and adding a few herbs, it looks better already (doesn’t it?)!
Ingredients for casserole:
- Lambs liver (half the pack)
- Leeks (two)
- Carrots (two)
- Bacon (from off-cuts pack)
- Sweetcorn (frozen, about half a cup)
- Runner beans (four, found hiding in the bottom of the fridge)
- Red wine (glug)
- Soy sauce (dash)
- Tomatoes (one tin)
- Tomato ketchup (dash)
- Flour (for coating liver)
- Stock cube (lamb)
- Herbs (tarragon, oregano)
- Oil (garlic infused)
- Chop liver into small pieces
- Coat in seasoned flour
- Fry in pan on moderate heat for a few minutes
- Transfer to casserole dish
- Add other ingredients to frying pan for a few minutes
- Add to casserole dish and cook in moderate oven for an hour.
I served this with mashed potatoes mixed with spring onions and a side of broccoli.
Ingredients for risotto:
- Arborio rice (one cup)
- Lambs liver (remainder of the pack, chopped)
- Onions (two)
- Garlic (one clove)
- Peas (frozen, about half a cup)
- Herbs (mint, basil, parsley)
- White wine (glug)
- Mushrooms (six)
- Cream (single)
- Stock (chicken)
Below is a quick recap on my usual method, alternatively check out my post-Christmas salmon risotto post:
- Fry rice and onions until soft
- Add warm stock gradually from saucepan (to keep temperature of risotto constant)
- Add other ingredients, leaving chopped liver until near the end so it’s tender
- Finally, add cream and serve with garnish of basil leaves.
Make sure the liver is cut into very small pieces; it’s then possible to flood with flavour and camouflage sufficiently to make the experience for non-liver lovers like myself, quite pleasant.
Helps if you’ve got ice cream to follow … or cake … or … even my particular favourite, panna cotta.
Don’t think I’ve published this recipe, so maybe next time!
(This one actually came out without melting/breaking or ending up on the floor!)
Bye for now.