A Refined Technique for Cooking Beef LiverPosted: May 20, 2012
We all know that we need to eat organ meats as it is impossible to be really well nourished with out them. I have learned over the years to NOT overcook it so it is very tender. Here is a post from a great website I found today about Cast Iron. Click Here to visit the site- Ramblings On Cast Iron
You can fry liver in a pan, and it will be GOOD.
Or, you can tweak your method just a little bit, and it will be GREAT.
One of my loyal blog readers suggested a few changes to the way I normally cook liver, which seemed small and insignificant.
But I decided to try anyway.
This liver was melt-in-your-mouth-like-butter tender, and had a better flavor too.
Here’s what I did differently:
1. Preheat the cast iron skillet until it’s really hot. Melt butter in the skillet, to sizzling.
Before, I’d just preheat until the butter was simply melted. It needs to be sizzling.
2. Season with salt and pepper only, nothing else, and dust very lightly with sweet rice flour.
Before, I dredged it in flour and added onion powder and garlic powder.
3. Don’t crowd the pan. Cook only one or two pieces at a time.
Before, I’d throw it all in, and the onions too. Cook the onions in a separate skillet.
4. Turn only once! One minute each side. It will be "medium" cooked.
Before, I’d keep turning, until it was well done.
These changes, at first glance didn’t seem like they would make much difference. But, they sure did.
I deglazed the skillet afterwards, with beef stock, and added sweet rice flour to make a gravy.
Some people fry bacon with liver; You can cook the bacon first, and then use the bacon grease.