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Calves' Liver with Bacon and Capers

  • Servings: 6

Source: Martha Stewart Living Television, April 1998


  • 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.

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