The liverwurst sandwich…
Few food items conjure up such emotions as liverwurst.
You either love or hate it.
It seems that these days, where many in the bland modern health conscious world avoid the fattier delicacies of a bygone age, that anything made with organ meats is pretty much written off as unhealthy and with too strong a taste.
The liverwurst sandwich is nirvana on a roll, ye healthful culinary heathens.
I can’t quite remember my first liverwurst.
I know that it was when I was young.
I was probably wondering what this thing was that some of the older members of my clan seemed to like.
I think that maybe at first I may not have liked the strong flavor, but being how I am, I usually give something several tries to see if it grows on me.
I remember doing that with actual liver.
Liver has a strong taste, and I have to be in the mood to eat it (usually flour dipped and fried with onions).
Then there is knowing what liver is…
Liver filters toxins from the blood, and knowing how most factory farm animals are kept, this still disturbs me.
I would actually prefer my liver to come from organically grass fed and pastured animals, but that’s not always in the cards.
So, liverwurst is this heavily seasoned version which has a creamy texture.
You can actually spread it – it’s that soft and creamy.
Let’s take a quick diversion here to complain about the bland tastes of too many people.
I hear it all the time, I don’t like liver it’s too strong.
I don’t like lamb it’s too gamey.
I don’t like fish it’s too… fishy…
Grow up, people.
Food is meant to be TASTED!
Bland food irks me, as do those who only like bland food.
Okay so where were we…
Liverwurst is livery but also creamy and seasoned with spices.
Give it some time to grow on you before deciding you don’t like it.
The sandwich is great many ways.
The image attached to this article shows an open faced model, but honestly I prefer closed face on a deli roll of some sort.
Regular liverwurst that most people buy in the deli fopr their liverwurst sandwich is made with beef and pork, usually.
It’s pretty cheap.
Mrs. Foodie caught some flack from Mother Foodie over her allowing the Looney Foodie (me) to partake in liverwurst, because it’s “unhealthy”, even though the Foodie acquired his love of the stuff from Mother and Father Foodie…
There’s only one thing worse than a hypocrite. An old hypocrite.
But I digress…
For those with dietary restrictions, there are all beef Kosher versions, at twice the price.
Hey, that Kosher variety answers to a higher authority than the Looney Foodie.
Liverwurst is like a poor man’s Foie Gras, which is actually a French Goose and/or Duck liver pâté.
I love foie gras, but it’s not an ethical food, as it is said that the fowl that makes the pâté is force fed, which is considered inhumane.
I guess any method of using animals for food is inhumane to someone, so do with that as you will.
So, liverwurst actually shares notable taste and texture characteristics with a known French luxury food, as a fraction of the price, and without the force feeding part. You can even get the grassfed super healthy variety too.
The Foodie calls that a “win win”.
You can do it any way you want.
Plain liverwurst between bread. Maybe with cheese. Some mayo makes it fattier. Others prefer mustard, or mustard and onions.
Enjoy it any way you want.
Just be sure to cleanse your breath afterwards.
0.25 cup (55 g)
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 14 g||21%|
|Saturated fat 5 g||25%|
|Polyunsaturated fat 1.3 g|
|Monounsaturated fat 7 g|
|Cholesterol 65 mg||21%|
|Sodium 385 mg||16%|
|Potassium 94 mg||2%|
|Total Carbohydrate 3.2 g||1%|
|Dietary fiber 1.4 g||5%|
|Sugar 0.9 g|
|Protein 7 g||14%|
|Vitamin A||150%||Vitamin C||3%|
|Vitamin B-6||5%||Vitamin B-12||123%|
|*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.|