Almost two years ago we brought our longhorn, Cholula, into the butcher. I had a six week old baby in the sling and Texas had just weathered one of the worst droughts in history. Cholula was a bit on the thin side to say the least.
When we picked her up we had organ meats to eat for weeks. The amount of liver that comes from one cow is enormous, let me tell ya. Besides liver, there was tongue and kidney and heart and more and more liver. It was a lot of offal for one family, and while we eat it, we’re not jumping up and down about it.
But it seems like the right thing to do, the eating of the whole animal. Plus, we know the organs are incredibly nutrient-dense, even compared to that tasty flesh. So those weeks of organ meats really helped to strengthen me following the birth of our third baby.
Pairing liver with bacon and onions makes it delectable, as do these tips for cooking liver. Adding a layer of garlic-laden marinara sauce adds one more layer of flavor to balance out that strong liver flavor. It’s still liver, y’all, but if you’re going to eat it why not make it tasty?
Liver & Onions Marinara
- 8 strips bacon, cut into 1″ pieces (where to buy sugar-free, nitrate-free bacon from foraged hogs)
- 2 medium onions, sliced thinly
- 4 garlic cloves, sliced thinly
- 8 oz liver, cut into 1/4″ wide strips (kitchen shears works well for this) (where to buy grass-fed beef liver)
- 2 cups thick marinara or seasoned tomato sauce of choice (where to buy organic, BPA-free marinara or homemade slow-cooker marinara)
- Place bacon pieces in a medium-sized pan over medium heat. Cook bacon until the fat begins to render out and it just begins to crisp up. Add onions and a pinch of sea salt and continue to saute until onions are soft. Add garlic and saute two more minutes.
- Move the bacon and onions to the sides of the pan, crank the heat to high, and make sure there is plenty of fat in the center for cooking the liver. If not add some lard or coconut oil. Place liver strips in the center of pan and sear for about two minutes, turn them as well as you can and cook another two minutes.
- Add the tomato sauce, stir to combine, and cook just until sauce is heated through, 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat and serve.