A childhood favourite dish : Lambs livers, red onions, pea and spinach crostino
There are dishes you will never forget. They will take you right back to a place and time in your life that is so comforting, it will make you smile.
There are a lot of these for me as food is firmly linked to my family and it’s a pleasure to cook homely dishes that are full of nourishment but also take care of the soul
Mum used to make this once in a while. We use calves livers but lambs will do just nicely or if you prefer chicken livers to.
Fegato alla Veneziana, Venetian Livers, is a dish rooted in tradition. Romans used to make it accompanied with figs to take away the ‘wild’ flavour of the livers. Venetian later substituted the figs with onions making this peasant dish one of the most appreciated in the world and one of the flagship dishes of our culinary patrimony.
I used the basics, then added a couple of ingredients as accompaniments.
You will need:
A loaf of Olive bread (sourdough, wholewheat which ever you like), slice two thick slices to toast later
Pea & Spinach ready dip (You can make it by boiling some peas & spinach, add seasoning, generous pepper, a touch of mint, a spoonful of olive oil & whizz everything up to make a creamy dip)
1/2 a glass of white wine if you wish to use it ( i didn’t but it is in the original recipe)
Salt & coarse pepper
In a pan, sautee finely sliced onions with some olive oil, until they are soft.
Set aside. Using the same pan, heated, fry off your livers until they are soft but not losing liquid anymore.
Now some people like them pink, personally, i don’t mind them cooked through.
Add the onions to the pan 5 minutes in. Mix everything together, add wine and leave the alcohol to evaporate.
Set everything aside whilst you toast the bread.
Assemble as you prefer. You could spread the dip onto the bread then coat with the liver and onions or place the liver & onions on the bread and add a spoonful of dip to the side :D
Although i am not a fan of labelling foods ‘superfoods’ , livers certainly contains many nutrients
Check out this article from Healthline if you want to know more.
Balanced dish full of flavour, good fats, two of your five a day, gorgeous leanish protein and so much flavour :D
Ps ….really cost effective too as Livers are a cheap cut of meat. Tesco ones i used were only £2.50 per 450g