Calves' Liver with Bacon and Capers
Michael Romano of the Union Square Cafe prepares a savory meal of calves' liver and bacon with onions, capers, sage, and parsley.
* 24 ounces calves liver, sliced on an angle and halved
* 3 cups milk
* 4 ounces cut into 1-by-1/4-inch pieces slab bacon
* 1 quartered and thinly sliced medium onion
* 2 tablespoons capers
* 2 teaspoons sage
* Coarse salt
* Freshly ground pepper
* 2 tablespoons white wine
* 1/2 cup veal stock or Homemade Chicken Stock, or canned low-sodium chicken broth skimmed of fat
* 1/4 cup heavy cream
* 2 cups all- purpose flour, for dredging
* 1 tablespoon olive oil
* 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
1. In a large baking dish, add liver and milk. Let liver soak, covered in the refrigerator, for at least 2 hours and no more than 24 hours.
2. In a large cast-iron skillet, sauté bacon over medium-high heat until fat is rendered, about 5 minutes. Remove bacon from skillet. Drain off almost all the fat, and place skillet over medium heat. Add onion, and cook until caramelized, about 6 minutes. Add bacon back to skillet with capers, sage, salt, and pepper. Deglaze with wine, and cook for 2 minutes, loosening any brown bits from the bottom of the pan with a spoon. Add stock, and cook until heated through. Pour in cream, and stir to combine.
3. Remove liver from milk, dredge liver in flour, and season with salt and pepper. In a cast-iron skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Cook liver for 3 minutes on each side for medium rare. Serve liver topped with cream sauce and sprinkled with parsley.
From Martha Stewart Living Television, April 1998