11.4 Variety Meats


  • To demonstrate methods of cookery used for variety meats.
  • To develop increased appreciation of variety meats.

Laboratory Problems

  • Prepare variety meats according to recipes below.


Crispy Fried Liver

¼ lb. sliced calves’ liver 2 tbsp. milk
2 tsp. grated onion 1 tbsp. lemon juice
½ egg, beaten 2 tbsp. flour
½ clove garlic, pressed ¼ tsp. salt
½ cup fine cracker crumbs dash pepper
3 tbsp. vegetable oil or shortening

Remove any membrane from liver and snip out veins with scissors.  Cut the slices into strips 1-1 ½ inches wide; sprinkle with lemon juice.  Combine flour, salt, and pepper.  Combine milk, onion, egg, and garlic.  Dredge liver in flour mixture.  Dip floured slices in milk mixture, then in crumbs.  Fry in hot vegetable oil or shortening for 3-4 minutes per sides.


Liver and Apple Pâté

4 tbsp. butter 3 Tbsp apple juice
½  Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored, and cut into ½-inch dice ¼  tsp. salt
2 tbsp. chopped shallots ¼ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
⅓ pound chicken livers 2 tbsp. heavy cream

Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a medium skillet over medium heat.  Cook the apple stirring often, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the shallots and continue cooking until tender, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.

Melt 1 tablespoon butter in the skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken livers and cook, stirring occasionally, just until they are firm and slightly pink in the center, about 6 minutes. Combine with apples, shallots and apple juice.  Let cool.  Add thyme, salt and pepper, pulse to blend in a food processor.  With the processor running, add the remaining butter and the heavy cream. Transfer to a serving bowl cover, and refrigerate until chilled.


Chicken Liver Stroganoff

⅓ cup polished rice 1 tsp. paprika
¾ cup water ¼ tsp. salt
dash pepper 1 cup chopped onion
½ cup sour cream 2 tbsp. butter
¼ lb. chicken livers

Boil rice, water and salt.  Sauté onion in butter until tender; remove onion.  Cut chicken livers into bite-size pieces and season with a mixture of paprika, salt and pepper.  Sauté livers in butter, cover, and cook over low heat until just done, about 5 minutes.  Drain off vegetable oil or shortening.  Stir sour cream and onions into mixture in skillet.  Heat to serving temperature; do not let mixture curdle.  Serve over hot rice.


Recipe Process Preparation Overall Palatability
Crispy Fried Liver
Liver and Apple Pâté
Chicken Liver Stroganoff


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