Do you see a liver recipe and think "No way!". Well, this delicious liver pate recipe made with rosemary, thyme and garlic will change your mind! It's packed full of flavor and makes a healthy and delicious appetizer or snack served with crackers, fresh veggies or crusty bread.
Like most liver recipes Liver Pate was never a recipe I had a desire to try. But, being on the GAPs diet, I have learned that one of the more easily digestible meats is liver and especially Liver Pate.
Oh, as a young girl, I really liked Liver and Onions. In my hometown, there was a restaurant called Shoney's that had it on the menu - I would order it every Sunday after church.
But, as I grew up and the restaurant was no more, I forgot about the good taste of liver. I even began to think of liver as yucky. I had no idea back then, just how good for you liver is! It is one of the most nutritionally packed meats!
Is Liver Pate Healthy?
Liver is a great source of nutrients that many people with autoimmune diseases are lacking, including B vitamins, iron, zinc, and vitamins A and D!
Also, did you know that ounce per ounce, liver has twice the folate as spinach? Folates are important for women in their child-bearing years and the lack of folate is linked to birth defects.
Considering that liver is packed with folate, vitamin A and retinol (both needed during pregnancy), it is an important food for reproductive health and the health of a developing baby.
I know, many people do not like liver and will not even give a liver recipe a second thought. In fact, just the thoughts of eating an organ meat make some squeamish.
But, liver is an important food and one worth trying multiple times so as to develop a taste for it!
When we butchered our first steer, he had an 18 lb liver! But, with our family size, we went through that quickly. Did I say that even our 4 yr old likes liver?
So, with 9 people eating, 18 lbs went fast. That is how I found my affiliate, US Wellness Meats. If you don't have a trusted source of good quality grass fed liver (as well as other grass fed meats) check out them out - I have been well pleased with their products.
How to Prepare Liver for Any Liver Recipe
If you have never worked with liver before, let me prepare you. Liver has a slippery, slimy feel which is one reason I find cutting it into pieces with scissors easier than using a knife.
Then, there is the blood. But, don't let that deter you. Take a deep breath, rinse the liver under running water and go for it - you will be glad you took the time to try Liver Pate.
How To Serve Liver Pate
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- Soak liver (in the refrigerator) in buttermilk or kefir to reduce the bitter flavor. After 24 hrs, drain, rinse and pat dry.
- Saute liver, onions and garlic in 4 Tbsp butter until the liver is browned and onions are translucent.
- Add wine, mustard, herbs and lemon juice. Cook uncovered until most of the liquid is gone.
- Cool and blend to a smooth paste in the food processor.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
- For a smoother and creamier consistency, add sour cream anywhere from ½ cup to 1 cup to the above recipe once it is blended to give it that little extra creaminess.
- FYI - I like to use a whole cup of cultured sour cream!
- I find cutting it into pieces with scissors easier than using a knife.
- Rinse the liver under running water and cut it.
Recipe adapted from Farmlet.Co.NZ