Sautéed Liver with Caramelized Onions and Apples

January 21, 2010
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  • Serves 4
Author Notes

Personally, Duck Liver terrines are my best dishes but I don't think you find fresh duck liver in the States so I will abstain from posting any recipes. As for Calf's liver this is my favourite - one calf’s liver sautéed in butter, cut up in slices, on a bed of caramelized onions and sautéed apple slices. Served obviously with a creamy potato purée, what else?! —Babette's Feast

What You'll Need
  • 22 ounces calves liver cut in 4 slices, trimmed
  • 3 medium blond onions
  • 3 ounces butter
  • 1 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves removed from stem
  • 2 tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
  • salt
  • Sichuan Pepper
  • Creamy soft potato puré (see recipe in my posts)
  • Cream Balsamic Glaze for Garnish
  • Thyme sprigs for garnish
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 225 degrees F and put inside 2 bowls to warm up, the serving dish and 4 plates.
  2. Peel the onions and slice them in a mandolin. Set aside.
  3. Peel the apples, cut in quarters and remove core. Cut in slices. Set aside.
  4. In a large sautée pan, melt 1.5 ounces of butter. Add the onions, mix, lower the heat and put a lid on top and sweat for 10 minutes. Remove lid and let caramelize for another 10 minutes without letting them burn. With a slotted spoon remove from the pan to one of the bowls in the oven and keep warm.
  5. In the same pan, using the butter left over from the onions, add the slices of apple and cook 1 minute on each side. Gently remove them from the pan to the other bowl in the oven and keep warm.
  6. In the same pan add the other 1.5 ounces of butter plus one tablespoon of olive oil. When it stops sizzling add the liver slices, brown 1 minute on each side. Remove to a cutting board and slice in thin strips. Put back in the pan, add the thyme leaves, season with salt and pepper and deglaze with the balsamic vinegar, mixing well until reduced. Put in warmed serving dish.
  7. Garnish with a sprig of thyme and balsamic glaze all over.
  8. Serve on warm plates with a Creamy Potato Purée (see recipe posted before).

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2 Reviews

Katrina November 3, 2015
Made this with beef liver. I'm new-ish to cooking liver but need to eat it regularly for health reasons. This was definitely the tastiest beef liver recipe I've had so far, and it was very easy to make.
Polish D. July 1, 2012
I made this with beef liver from a sustainable producer. Not calf. And I made a summer version with peaches and blueberries, and it was quite good.