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Liver latkes

Looking for ways to get liver into your diet? This recipe is so awesome, even the pickiest of eaters will love it! This recipe is gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, Paleo/Primal, and can be modified to suit the 21-Day Sugar Detox or Whole30.

Why should you be eating liver? Because it's an incredibly nutrient-dense amazing superfood, that's why!

You can tweak the proportions of the veggies any way you like, or even substitute other veggies, such as sweet potato, jicama, turnip, rutabaga, celery root, etc. You can easily adapt this recipe to fit the guidelines of the 21-Day Sugar Detox or the Whole30. Use your imagination and follow your taste buds! Here's what I used (and the end result was DELICIOUS):

  • 2 potatoes 
  • 1 parsnip 
  • 1 carrot 
  • 1 onion 
  • 1 lb liver ( I used grass-fed beef liver....and I don't  even like beef liver! but I LOVE this recipe)
  • butter (or other preferred cooking fat)
  • real salt (this or this)
  • pepper
  • marjoram (or other herb/spice of your choice)

First, I peeled all of the veggies. Then, I ran them all through the food processor to quickly grate them. Then, I took my beef liver, which was still frozen, cut it into pieces that would fit into the processor, and grated it, too! This worked out way better than I expected, because since the liver was so finely cut up (almost liquefied, with my machine), it acted as a binder to keep everything together in a nice patty shape, without the need for egg or any kind of flour. Last, I seasoned to taste.

Depending on your stove, set your burner to medium-low or medium heat, and let your butter get hot (but not too hot! Slightly sizzling is good, and you don't want to burn it.)

Pick up a handful of the liver-veggie batter and carefully place it in your pan, gently pressing it down with your fingers to form a patty shape (these were similar in size to a hamburger patty, and I fit 4 at a time in my 12 inch frying pan). Watch them closely: they will only need to cook for a few minutes on each side.

When you can easily slide your spatula underneath, they're ready to flip. If you are a fan of browned, crispy food the same way I am, you can let them cook a little longer before flipping (I kept mine cooking for an additional 30-90 sec past the point of easily being able to flip them). After you flip them, let 'em cook a few minutes on the other side til done, then serve fresh and hot with sides of your choice. 

I paired these with a side of sauteed spinach cooked in coconut oil with a bunch of green onions. As you can see, I also let one of my patties get dangerously close to being burnt.....I really do have a weakness for crispy fried foods!

That's it! A fast, easy, filling, nutrient-dense meal that everyone in your house will love.

What's your favorite way to cook liver?

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