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Liver for lunch?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 28, 2011 at 2:47 PM

I actually really like liver and other offal (tripe, kidneys, brain, etc), but it's a tough sell for my family (I'm the main cook). I can convince them to have it every now and then, but only for dinner, only infrequently, and only if I buy and cook it myself (because I know how to prepare it so they'll eat it).

However, I'd love to have offal a lot more often, once a week at least, which led me to start thinking of paleo-friendly lunch options that include offal, ideally something that I could get as take-out. Does such a thing exist? Anyone have any suggestions?

I figure it has to be ethnic food (which itself is a commentary on the American diet), most likely Asian. Vietnamese pho would have tripe, but would also come with a big portion of noodles. An adventurous taco joint might have tongue (not really offal), but with too many starches. Irish kidney pie would have potatoes. Maybe a liver-and-greens chinese soup? Anyone?

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

(10904)

on July 30, 2011
at 05:53 PM

watch out for MSG, though. I don't seem to have issues with MSG which is why I allow for a bowl of pho once a month but I've yet to find a Pho joint that doesn't use MSG.

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

(10904)

on July 30, 2011
at 05:52 PM

Well it's probably not 3 day epic sally fallon style bone broth but if you ask, the better places make real broth.

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(5639)

on July 30, 2011
at 05:27 PM

where the heck do you find a pho place that uses real bone broth?!

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(5639)

on July 30, 2011
at 05:26 PM

BTW...what happened? did you get banned or something?

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(5639)

on July 30, 2011
at 05:26 PM

pho is basically just MSG soup. I tried finding a place in NYC that made pho without MSG...no luck.

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

(10904)

on July 30, 2011
at 03:43 PM

Pho is a once a month cheat for me. SOOOOO good. I always order extra tendon.

B3e7d1ab5aeb329fe24cca1de1a0b09c

(5242)

on July 08, 2011
at 03:18 AM

Wow! (Yes, I'm still in awe!) I eat all those things, just not in a smoothie together.... you've got me thinking, and I say this with a slight grimace on my face, but I really want to try it... hmmmm.

8be12378a6d810513f69643e21218998

(153)

on July 06, 2011
at 04:26 PM

I'd guess about 2-3 oz beef liver (grass fed only), 1/3 or half a can coconut milk, 1-3 egg yolks depending on how hungry I am or will be. a few grates of ginger, a handfull of berries, a spoonful of pollen, maybe a spoonful of acerola. It's really not bad!

B3e7d1ab5aeb329fe24cca1de1a0b09c

(5242)

on July 06, 2011
at 12:03 AM

Wow! Hardcore! How much of each ingredient do you typically use?

8be7a492e2844e2ad5595a6c73974f99

(891)

on July 05, 2011
at 11:30 PM

Totally reminiscing about a chopped liver and pastrami sandwich on rye that i used to get at the local Jewish deli. Yum!! +1 for pate!!

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(12379)

on April 28, 2011
at 04:59 PM

Mmmm...pho - think I'm going to my fave vietnamese place for dinner tonight - this thread made me drool!

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on April 28, 2011
at 04:59 PM

Mmmm...pho - think I'm going to my fave vietnamese place for dinner tonight - this tread made me drool!

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on April 28, 2011
at 03:19 PM

I order the pho quite often - bone broth = win! I just tell 'em: A large number 11, hold the noodles, extra meat and jalapenos. They looked at me like I was crazy the first time, but now they are used to it. (It always make me think of Kung Fu Panda - "We are noodle folk!" and "There is no secret ingredient in my secret ingredient soup.")

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on April 28, 2011
at 03:17 PM

I order the pho quite often - broth broth = win! I just tell 'em: A large number 11, hold the noodles, extra meat and jalapenos. they looked at me in disbelief the first time, but now they are used to it. (It always make me think of Kung Fu Panda - "We are noodle folk!" and "There is no secret ingredient.")

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33ca64a09412bed1b47b85a4f1ac6a27

(150)

on April 28, 2011
at 07:45 PM

Liverwurst (check out the Wellness Meats grassfed version), or liver pate...2 of my favorite lunch items.

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on July 05, 2011
at 11:28 PM

My suggestions: Chinese for ox tongue, tripe, intestines, tendon; Latin for oxtails, mm.. marrow and meat!; Mexican for pig ear, tripe, cow head tacos; Filipino places are usually pretty solid for offal stews; Japanese Izakaya's will always have heart, gizzard and other delicious nasty bits skewered/grilled for you; Good delis have the hookup for chopped chicken liver ready to snack on. Note.. I live in NY and it's a goldmine here :) Pig face soup or lamb face salad anyone? YUM! Happy exploring!

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(5136)

on May 12, 2011
at 11:58 PM

I'd say make a pate... they're pretty easy to make, freeze well and you could just thaw and bring to work as needed, with a little mustard and a some cornichons. hon hon hoh! plus it's cheaper than buying lunch. "charcuterie" by brian polcyn and michael ruhlman has a few recipes. (the stale bread can be omitted, or i'm gonna try to make one substituting dried mushroom powder as a binder). Some grocery stores sell pre made pate but of course, you have to check to see what binders are in there.

8be7a492e2844e2ad5595a6c73974f99

(891)

on July 05, 2011
at 11:30 PM

Totally reminiscing about a chopped liver and pastrami sandwich on rye that i used to get at the local Jewish deli. Yum!! +1 for pate!!

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05055dcbf12c81f1cce777ec365870af

(1791)

on April 28, 2011
at 05:15 PM

certain high quality sausages have offal in the mix. and pates, charcuterie...

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C1fb8666b1ae085507a76a4c494e4f0a

on July 30, 2011
at 01:33 PM

Ok, not take-out but this chicken liver mousse easy to make at home and very portable, esp if you have a fridge at work. It's also really, really delicious! I mean really, really, really delicious. Almost tastes like cheese (to me, anyway).

http://www.cheeseslave.com/2008/05/14/balthazars-chicken-liver-mousse/

You could make them in ramekins or in a large dish, and portion them out for lunches and use it as a side dish with a takeout meal in a pinch?

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3aea514b680d01bfd7573d74517946a7

(11996)

on July 05, 2011
at 11:18 PM

I just had the monkfish liver at a sushi restaurant the other night. It was served as an "appetizer;" you could probably get it to go.

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8be12378a6d810513f69643e21218998

on July 05, 2011
at 11:04 PM

I like to make raw liver, coconut milk and egg yolk smoothie, other add-ins like grated ginger, berries, bee pollen etc are great... bring with...

B3e7d1ab5aeb329fe24cca1de1a0b09c

(5242)

on July 06, 2011
at 12:03 AM

Wow! Hardcore! How much of each ingredient do you typically use?

B3e7d1ab5aeb329fe24cca1de1a0b09c

(5242)

on July 08, 2011
at 03:18 AM

Wow! (Yes, I'm still in awe!) I eat all those things, just not in a smoothie together.... you've got me thinking, and I say this with a slight grimace on my face, but I really want to try it... hmmmm.

8be12378a6d810513f69643e21218998

(153)

on July 06, 2011
at 04:26 PM

I'd guess about 2-3 oz beef liver (grass fed only), 1/3 or half a can coconut milk, 1-3 egg yolks depending on how hungry I am or will be. a few grates of ginger, a handfull of berries, a spoonful of pollen, maybe a spoonful of acerola. It's really not bad!

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66e6b190e62fb3bcf42d4c60801c7bf6

on April 28, 2011
at 02:57 PM

if you're not low carb, the authentic pho places usually use gluten free rice noodles. Also, authentic pho uses bone broth- double bonus!

i love liver too and live tuesdays at my house is one of my favorite meals:).

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

(10904)

on July 30, 2011
at 05:53 PM

watch out for MSG, though. I don't seem to have issues with MSG which is why I allow for a bowl of pho once a month but I've yet to find a Pho joint that doesn't use MSG.

Medium avatar

(5639)

on July 30, 2011
at 05:27 PM

where the heck do you find a pho place that uses real bone broth?!

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

(10904)

on July 30, 2011
at 05:52 PM

Well it's probably not 3 day epic sally fallon style bone broth but if you ask, the better places make real broth.

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

(10904)

on July 30, 2011
at 03:43 PM

Pho is a once a month cheat for me. SOOOOO good. I always order extra tendon.

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Efb905b1d4d10c18c4a1ae7912baeb45

(190)

on April 28, 2011
at 02:55 PM

I went out to lunch yesterday with a colleague and had veal liver and onions. It was a first for me and fantastic.

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