Pioneer John is making the most of his deer bounty. Not content with mere roasts, he decided to use the organ meats (liver and heart) to make liverwurst. For those of you shaking your heads and laughing while saying “Poor Kathy…,” it’s not really that big of a deal. I know for a fact that some of you like giblet gravy, love making appetizers out of chicken liver, and are even known to enjoy pâté de foie gras. Your issue is not with liverwurst; it’s with Bambi. To that I say: better to eat Bambi than to have Bambi cause a major accident while running across I-83.
If you want to shake your heads and pity me, it will be over all the other uses for deer that John would explore if given the opportunity (ie., if I let him). The Native Americans wasted no part of a deer, even using rendered fat for candles and sinews for thread. John already has a jar of rendered fat that he wants to use. It’s probably the only candle that smells worse than a cigar. But I do have to draw the line somewhere and currently it is at John’s suggestion that he use the sinews for surgical thread to stitch himself after do-it-yourself-at-home gall bladder surgery.
So, compared with that, what’s a little liverwurst? And guess what? It looks like “real” liverwurst, smells like it, and even tastes like it (although next time John will cut back a little on the marjoram). John enjoys his slice on saltines. I prefer to spread it on baguette and pretend it is pâté de venaison. Hmm, it would probably be really tasty with a dollop of cranberry-dill sauce.
John’s recipe came from Bill Mende at www.thealchemist.us in case you want the actual recipe. The highlights are below:
meat: venison liver and heart
onion, grated and cooked
dry ingredients: sugar, cardamom, ginger, mace, marjoram, black pepper, cloves, coriander, nutmeg