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Calves Liver

  • Yield: 2 to 3 servings


  • 1 pound calves liver, cleaned
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup flour seasoned with 1 tablespoon Creole spice
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons sliced shallots, cut into rings
  • 1 pear, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup veal stock
  • Polenta, for serving (optional)


  • In a shallow bowl soak liver in milk to cover for at least 2 hours; remove, discard milk and pat dry.
  • Dredge liver in seasoned flour, shaking off excess. Heat oil in a saute pan, add liver and sear first side until well-browned, about 3 minutes. Turn and sear second side 30 seconds for medium-rare; cook a little longer for medium. Remove to a plate and keep warm. To pan add 1 tablespoon of butter. Add shallots and pear; toss and cook 2 minutes. Add vinegar and cook for 1 minute. Add stock, bring to a boil and begin to reduce. Return liver to pan, taste sauce for seasoning and add remaining butter. Serve liver and sauce with polenta, if desired.