There are two truths in my life about liver.
1. I hate liver with every part of my being.
2. I know it’s the most nutrient dense food on the planet so I force myself to eat it anyway.
It’s not that I’m squeamish. Oh, believe me, I can get over the fact that I’m consuming an animal’s liver. I just cannot get over the taste and the texture, no matter how it’s cooked. I tried frying it with onions and sour cream: I couldn’t finish more than half of the meat. Then I tried cutting it into tiny, tiny pieces to minimise chewing time, taking spoonfuls and quickly washing it down with water: I still gagged the whole way through. I even made a putrid liver ‘shake’ with bone broth and cooked liver meat (nutrient level: 10, deliciousness level: -1000), which I chugged while I held my nose, only to discover that the aftertaste lingered even worse than just eating the stuff — and even mouthwash couldn’t seem to get rid of the taste in my mouth. Yuck, yuck, yuck.
There is, however, one way that I’ve been able to prepare liver that is tolerable. The taste is still there, but it’s not quite as strong, and even I am able to eat it without gagging (which is pretty much miraculous). So, if you are as grossed out by the taste and texture of liver as I am, but you still want to work some into your diet to benefit from its nutritional awesomeness*, give these meat patties a whirl.
Now, I’ll show you how to cook liver so that you don’t taste the liver! The trick is twofold: first, I use chicken livers and hearts mixed together. I find the chicken liver more mild than beef liver, and with the chicken hearts the liver flavor doesn’t come through so strongly. Second, I throw as many ultra-flavorful ingredients in the patties as possible to help mask the ‘loud’ flavor and texture enough that it’s not so noticeable.
‘I Can’t Believe It’s Liver’ Meat Patties
500 g (1 lb) chicken livers and hearts
1 large clove garlic
6 green onions
1 Tablespoon sausage seasoning (I make my own using this recipe)
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Use a meat grinder or food processor to mince the livers and hearts, onion, garlic and green onions. Whisk the egg with the seasoning, salt and pepper in a large bowl and add the ground liver/onion mixture to the bowl. Mix thoroughly. Using a large spoon, drop spoonfuls of the mixture onto a skillet heated to medium, kind of like a meat pancake. When browned on one side, carefully flip over and brown the other side.
*In my searches for ways to consume liver without actually tasting the liver, I’ve found a few other resources. If you absolutely cannot stand the taste whatsoever, these can be good options!