A winter family favourite - only use Calves liver, other livers are too strong.
Thinly sliced liver, dusted in seasoned cornflour, gently sauteed over a medium heat. Grilled tomatoes - caramalised onions and mashed potato served with baby peas and gravy


  • 1 Calves liver

  • Lean Bacon - rind removed - 4 slices

  • Whole Tomatoes or Baby Grape Tomatoes 2 whole or 4 Grape Tomatoes

  • Sebago Potatoes 4 large

  • Sweet Potatoes half a sweet potato

  • 1 brown onion - peeled and thinly sliced

  • Baby frozen peas

  • Gravy

  • Cornflour - 1 cupful overall

  • Gravy Granules or similar - make into gravy will will b e mixed i n to the pan after the liver has been cooked

  • Butter - 4 ozs overall

  • Sugar- 1 dessertspoon

  • White Pepper - Pinch

  • Olive Oil - 1/4 cup of good quality oil

  • Brown Vinegar


  • 1.

    Prepare the liver - remove any sinew or fat. Slice thinly

  • 2.

    Rinse liver under cold running water

  • 3.

    Have a dish with seasoned cornflour ready - place the sliced liver slices into the cornflour - cover with a clean tea cloth and set aside

  • 4.

    Slice the onions - thinly - using a heavy based pan - put 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of butter and melt over a medium heat - add a teaspoon of sugar, add the sliced onions and cook on HIGH until the onions are translucent. Reduce the heat and continue to cook until the onions are browned and caramalised- Place into a dish and keep warm.

  • 5.

    Cut whole tomatoes in half - sprinkle with brown sugar, white pepper and a dob of butter. (Grape tomatoes can be grilled whole) place the tomatoes under a HOT grill and cook until soft - remove - keep warm.

  • 6.

    6- Wash and peel the Potatoes - Place in to cold water - bring to the boil and cook for 25 minutes on a medium heat. Drain well - return to pan; using a potato ricer or a potato masher- add a good tablespoon of butter, a twist of black crushed pepper and thickened cream. Mash until a consistency of smoothness is achieved - Keep warm.

  • 7.

    Cook Baby peas as p er instructions and keep warm.

  • 8.

    In a clean heavy based frypan - melt butter and olive oil -once melted add the slices of liver to the p an and fry quickly turning one - liver should be pink in the middle - move from pan and keep warm.

  • 9.

    Pour the gravy granules into the frypan add a dash of brown vinegar and mix to a thickened sauce - like thickened cream consistency - Strain.

  • 10.

    Have hot plates ready : Spoon a serve of the mashed potato to each plate - add the caramalised onions,the grilled tomatoes, rashers of bacon, the liver and the Baby Peas (or any other preferred vegetable) Pour Gravy over the meat and potato - That is my recipe for good old fashioned Calves Liver. Enjoy


Initially this recipe looks complicated - truely it is not - once cooked it will become easier to cook.
The dash of vinegar at the last moment into the gravy is an initerestinig additional ingrediiant - I believe it possibly counteracts the sweetness of the onions and sugar in this recipe - I would love your comments please.

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