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We did it. We took the plunge. I cooked liver for dinner.
I know, I know… you are incredulous. You can’t believe that
a) I actually ate liver and made John eat it
b) I haven’t made liver before last night.
In the interest of full disclousure, I HAVE cooked liver before. Let me rephrase… I ATTEMPTED to cook liver before. It was a gross mess. We couldn’t even finish the meal. Luckily, this time was different. This time was DELICIOUS!
I started out with bacon. LOTS of bacon. A whole PACKAGE of bacon.
While that cooked, I grabbed some onions. They were in our awesome new onion-holder-thingie. We bought it while we were on vacation, and John stained and finished it. Go John!
I peeled 6 medium-sized onions and sliced them in the food processor.
By that time, there was quite a bit of bacon grease in the pan. I poured most of it out and reserved it for later.
The onions went into the pan with the semi-cooked bacon and some butter.
While THAT cooked, I chopped up some garlic and threw it in.
All those ingredients cooked up a storm. In the meantime, I sliced up the chicken livers reallllllllyyyyy thinly.
Once I had a bowlful, I covered them in water and added some lemon juice. I read in a few places that doing that helps mellow the liver-ey taste (as opposed to the livery taste, which is something else entirely).
As that soaked, I removed the onions from the pan and chopped the bacon into small pieces.
The bacon went back in until it was crispayyy.
By this time, the liver had soaked for a while. I drained it, dried it off, and coated it with flour.
The bacon grease and some butter went into the pan to melt.
That delicious-ness was the perfect medium for cooking the liver!
The liver only cooked for a few minutes. When it was nearly done, I added back in the bacon, onions, and garlic. They hung out all together juuuuust long enough to cook through.
While all this was going on, John cooked up some elbow macaroni to serve it over.
It. Was. Delicious. I didn’t expect it to be as good as it was. The little liver pieces blended in to the bacon-y goodness. It is a great way to ease into liver. John really liked it, too!