Calves Liver with Porcini and Cognac

Yield: 4
Collections: Beef French Main Dish

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Calves Liver with Porcini and Cognac Recipe

  • 1 pound fresh calves liver, thinly sliced into four pieces
  • 1 cup dried porcini mushrooms
  • 1 large or 2 small shallots
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons either peanut or grape oil
  • 1 tablespoon dried tarragon
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • to taste, salt and pepper
  • some unbleached flour for dusting liver
  • 1/4 cup cognac
  • 1 tablespoon fresh or 1 teaspoon dried lemon zest
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Preparation Instructions

-Dry the liver with paper towels, and then salt and pepper it to taste, using by preference sea salt in large crystals and freshly ground pepper.
-Using a small strainer, sprinkle each piece of liver with flour on each side
-Soak 1/2 porcini mushrooms in a cup of warm water about 15 to 20 minutes
-Melt the butter-oil mixture in a heavy saute pan (a 12-inche pan is best because it allows each piece of liver to have sufficient space)
-When the foam subsides, quickly place each piece of liver in the pan and saute for about two minutes on each side, and quickly add the warmed cognac to the pan, and set it alight. When the flames subside, remove the liver from the pan to a side dish.
-Scrape the fond from the pan, and mix it with the chopped shallot and the mushrooms in the pan and cook for about three minutes, then add the cream and the grated nutmeg, Return the liver to the pan for a minute (it should be pink, but not at all raw inside, Remove the liver and the sauce and sprinkle the dish with fresh or dried tarragon and lemon zest before serving.

Yield: 4
Helpful Hints

This dish is excellent with mashed potatoes, but I've also served in with risotto. Even those who profess to HATE liver will be likely to enjoy it.


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1 Comment


It was the worst recipe I have ever made. The cream does not work and it even ruins everything .