Don’t throw out those wild goose or duck livers! Searing them on high heat until just pink in the middle makes for a delicious snack, especially when paired with this Nannyberry and aged balsamic vinegar glaze and pickled shallots. Nannyberries can be harvested in the fall when they turn a dark blue/black. This recipe can be just as easily done with chicken, turkey, or farmed duck livers from the store and the nannyberries can be substituted with blueberries if they're not locally available. —The Intrepid Eater
- Prep time 10 minutes
- Cook time 10 minutes
- Serves 4
shallot, peeled and sliced into rounds
sherry or red wine vinegar
fresh nannyberries or blueberries
slices baguette or bread
goose livers (or 4 duck livers)
microgreens or fresh herbs for garnish
- Slice a peeled shallot into rounds. Using your fingers, gently break the whole rounds into individual circles. Scatter the rounds into a bowl and cover with the sherry vinegar. Set aside.
- Put rinsed nannyberries and water into a saucepan and bring to a rolling simmer. Simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring and squishing the berries with a fork to get them to turn into a pulp. Add more water in small increments if mixture begins to get too dry (no liquid left).
- After about 10 minutes, pour the contents of the pot into a sieve over a bowl. Using the back of a spoon, press the pulp through the sieve, working in a circular motion. Scrape the seeds and skins around the sieve until no more juice comes through.
- Pour the resulting juice back into the rinsed out saucepan, then add sugar and balsamic vinegar. Bring to a simmer and reduce the sauce until it begins to look thick and silky. Take off the heat and add one of the tablespoons of butter, swirling it in until it is melted and incorporated. Set aside while you complete the rest of the recipe.
- Add the other tablespoon of butter and oil to a cast iron pan and bring it up to medium high heat. Add the bread slices and cook on one side until lightly charred and crispy. Remove from the pan and set aside.
- Add more butter and oil to the pan if it is dry. Raise the heat to high. Cut the liver(s) in half. One 1/2 will go on each toast. Generously salt and pepper the livers, then sear them on both sides for about a minute per side. You want them to be a little pink in the middle when done. You can cut into one a little bit to make sure!
- Remove the livers from the pan and place one piece on the charred side of each piece of toast. Using a spoon or a squeeze bottle, drizzle the nannyberry sauce over the entire piece of toast and liver, as shown in the picture. Top with a few pickled shallot rounds, flaky salt, and microgreens (or herbs) if using. Enjoy!