Liver and onions

    25 min

    Meltingly tender liver cooked with onions, bacon and tomatoes makes a quick and easy economical meal.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 450g lamb's liver, trimmed
    • 2 tbsp plain flour
    • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
    • 25g butter
    • 4 rindless smoked streaky bacon rashers, chopped
    • 2 onions, thinly sliced
    • 227g can chopped tomatoes
    • 175ml beef or vegetable stock
    • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
    • 1 tbsp tomato purée
    • 1/4 tsp dried mixed herbs
    • salt and freshly ground
    • black pepper
    • To serve
    • 4 tbsp soured cream
    • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:25min 

    1. Heat half the oil and half the butter in a saucepan over a low heat, add the onions and gently cook them for 10 minutes until soft and just starting to turn golden.
    2. Meanwhile, rinse the liver, then pat dry with kitchen paper. If it is not already sliced, cut into thin slices. Toss each piece in the flour, seasoned with salt and pepper.
    3. Add the tomatoes with their juice, the stock, Worcestershire sauce, tomato purée and herbs to the onions and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat, cover and leave to cook on a gentle simmer, stirring occasionally.
    4. Meanwhile, heat the remaining oil and butter in a large frying pan over a moderate heat until sizzling. Add the liver and bacon and fry for 3–4 minutes on each side until the liver is just cooked and the bacon is lightly browned and crispy. Do not cook for too long or the liver will become tough.
    5. Remove the liver and bacon from the pan using a draining spoon and put onto warm serving plates, with the bacon scattered over the top of the liver. Spoon the onion and tomato sauce on the side, then top each serving with soured cream and sprinkle with parsley. Serve immediately.

    Serving suggestion

    Serve with pasta or mashed potatoes and seasonal greens.

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    Best liver recipe ever! My husband is a big fan of liver, but I'm not so keen. This recipe has changed my mind completely. Really simple to prepare and make. Cooked to this recipe the liver is not at all chewy, it's tender and delicious  -  08 Nov 2011


    Something else. add some paprika to either the seasned flour or to the tomato sauce...or both!  -  07 Dec 2009


    Definately the best ever Liver and onions I have ever tasted  -  19 Feb 2010