Calves Liver with Artichoke Hearts, Diced Tomatoes, and Prosciutto (Serves 1)
I have been cooking and eating liver almost every week for several years because it is good for me. My first efforts preparing liver and onions were edible, but not appealing. Then I learned to improve the taste by adding diced tomatoes. After awhile I started adding a big handful of macadamia nuts to make my liver, onions, and tomatoes taste better still. Then an experienced friend told me that I should include bacon when I prepare liver. I didn’t have bacon in the house, but did have prosciutto. The salty flavor of prosciutto balanced the liver, onions, and tomatoes beautifully and I finally started to look forward to my weekly serving of liver. Recently, I decided to try substituting pan-fried artichoke hearts for onions in my recipe. The result was outstanding. If you have not been a liver eater, this is a great way to start.
Prep and cook time: 20-25 minutes
4 ounces of calves liver (thawed – I buy mine frozen)
2-3 thin sheets/slices of prosciutto
1 can of artichoke hearts
1 can of diced tomatoes (mine were fire roasted with green chilies)
Tapioca starch or coconut flour
Directions: Drain can of artichokes hearts and cut lengthwise into bite-size pieces. Add to mixing bowl and season with salt and garlic powder. Dust generously with tapioca starch or coconut flour and stir to coat pieces evenly. Melt one or two tablespoons of ghee in large skillet over medium heat. Add artichokes to skillet. Let them brown a bit and turn with a fork or spatula to brown additional sides for several minutes. Rinse and lay liver on top of artichokes. Dust the liver with salt, garlic powder, and paprika. Add diced tomatoes with all the liquid in the can on top of liver and artichokes (My tomatoes were already spicy. If yours are plain, think about adding a little chili powder or cayenne pepper to spice them up). Simmer the mixture about 7 minutes over low heat. While simmering, tear two to three sheets of prosciutto into bite-size pieces and scatter them on top of the diced tomatoes. After the mix has simmered about 7 minutes, scrape the veggies to the sides, turn the liver to expose the other side to the heat of the skillet bottom, and rebury it under veggies. Let the mix simmer another 7 minutes. When the liver has cooked about 14 minutes over low heat, transfer everything to a plate and enjoy!
Note: The liver is buried in the picture, but it is deliciously there.
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