How do you cook liver?


Active Member
Silver Supporting Member
Jun 18, 2015
Am not a big fan of liver either, but back in my youth, I used to work for a restaurant similar to Denny's (Wag's, if you must know) that served liver and onions. IIRC, we would dredge it in flour (might have had other seasonings in it - I didn't make it), and I *think* we deep fried it. We didn't serve it every day, but often enough that we kept it on the menu. Might be worth a shot. Mom made it once. Didn't go over well.


S.W. Ontario
May 19, 2010
Lasalle Ontario
Gotta be calves liver for sure , soak in buttermilk overnight (this step makes a huge difference) dredge in flour and fry or just toss on the bbq. Delish

Aladin Sane

I'd rather be camping
Jul 3, 2008
Scrapple is the americanized version of Knipp which is the regional sausage of the Hannover area of Germany. It is generally all the left of parts of a pig after butchering, mixed with oats and spices.

Aladin Sane

I'd rather be camping
Jul 3, 2008
Funny you should mention that, when I make knipp, I use the antique food grinder that took my Great grandmother's finger tip off.

Jack Sprat

Active Member
Aug 31, 2019
As children we ate whatever was put in front of us or did without. Mom would buy calf liver. Fry it in cast iron skillet smothered in onions and water, cornstarch, and a little flour. Simmer in gravy for an hour then served over rice. My kids do not like it. Beef liver is to sharp or strong tasting. I still eat it twice a year or so. I'm the only one in family that lives it.


Aug 23, 2018
Wilmington, NC
Liver dumplings are considered a delicacy in Ste. Genevieve, MO. As in contests for making the best liver dumplings. A holiday meal is not complete without liver dumplings.

Recipe: Varies, but boils down to grinding up the beef liver and then using flour/egg/milk to make a drop dumpling out it. You want it thin enough that it would slowly go through a wide holed colander. Seasoning varies my mother used salt/pepper/onion/allspice. Scrape dough off the edge of plate into boiling water/broth. Once done remove from water and then saute them in butter until lightly browned. Can be served with gravy, but in my family it isn't.

At extended family meals you could always single out people not from Ste. Genevieve from the "what is that" questions and the "Eww" response it would bring.


Aug 25, 2020
Slice it to the thickness you desire then soak it in milk for 24 hours pour out the milk then add ginger beer for another 24 hours. Then fry in a cast iron skillet. The more well done you make it the worse it will taste. Liver also makes great soup poured over german style dumplings.


Super Active Member
Jul 30, 2012
As children we ate whatever was put in front of us or did without.

I did without. Parents realized I would rather not eat than eat what I didn’t like, there were plenty of other foods that were good for us that I would eat, so they adjusted - I’m stubborn, just ask DW


Visually Impaired Camper
May 30, 2016
North Carolina
Not just early humans. We ate a fair amount of calf and pork brains growing up (usually scrambled with eggs) as well as squirrel brains. Once I graduated to a .22, squirrel brains were rarer. But, after the variants of CWD started showing up, I left the brains behind.

Is scrapple the same thing that we in the south call “hogs head cheese”?
No. Their "scrapple" is our livermush.
If you are a child and dont eat what is good for you I don't want to have to sort thru your "I hate liver bullsht."

I dont like the taste of beef liver. How do I make it more palatable? I am down to eating it rare, searing it about a minute on each side.

First of all, I don't see what your issue has to do with camping at all. And I don't know why the folks who run the site would allow your snarky attitude to stand. Your issue seems to be designed to do one thing and one thing only; start a war over eating liver. Tell you what, Goobs, if you want to know how to prepare liver in a more palatable fashion, I have a suggestion. Many people have heard of this, so don't be afraid to crawl out into the daylight and give it a try. It's called a "Google Search". Give it a shot, there, Slappy. It might change your life.


Sep 17, 2019
To be honest, if you're that bent on eating it and you don't like it, then dry it, powder it, and put them in capsules (easily find online) Add a couple to your daily vitamin intake.
In fact, you can just buy it already done.

Dan Wilson

Active Member
Jan 30, 2019
Appleton, WI
Once in the army on bivouac the mess hall served liver. Probably half the group had to settle for mashed potatoes and vegetable for dinner and they were ornery. I was on seconds or thirds when one trooper came up to me and asked "how can you eat that ****?" I replied "with a knife and fork?" He went ballistic.


Super Active Member
Jul 20, 2009
I grew up being served liver as a kid. Mum fried it in lard and made a onion & beef gravy to go with it. I loved the gravy but didn't like the liver, it was dry & smelled bad, but that was probably because mum was a terrible cook. If you didn't eat the liver you went without.
She also use to make Faggots in gravy, these I loved! They were made of liver and some other animal bits, she used to say they were made from 'lips, tits & bits' I dread to think what was in them!


freedom is not just another word
Mar 29, 2013
What did Hannibal Lecter eat?
He is frequently depicted preparing gourmet meals from his victims' flesh, the most famous example being his admission that he once ate a census taker's liver "with some fava beans and a nice Chianti"


Mar 18, 2018
I'm not a child but if I don't like the taste of something I generally don't eat it. There are plenty of good for you foods that are good tasting as well.
Agreed, one must be pretty childish to have to preface their question by calling a large portion of the US childish. Food has two purposes, nourishment and enjoyment. If it can't satisfy the enjoyment part, why waste your time. Liver tops the list of **** I had to eat as a kid, and I have not and will not ever touch it again. In case of an apocalypse, I will gladly trade you any liver I find for a couple Twinkies any day.