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Sautéed Calf's Liver with Onions, Lemon and Sage

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  • Servings: 4

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  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 medium red onions, halved lengthwise and sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 1/2 pounds calf's liver, sliced 1/3 inch thick
  • 1 cup chicken stock or canned low-sodium broth
  • 8 sage leaves
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice


  1. In a large, heavy saucepan, heat 1/4 cup of the olive oil until shimmering. Add the onions and cook over moderate heat until softened and lightly browned, about 10 minutes.
  2. In a large pie plate, season the flour with salt and pepper. Dredge the slices of liver in the flour, shaking off any excess. In a large skillet, heat the remaining 1/4 cup of olive oil until shimmering. Add the liver slices and cook, turning once, until browned and just cooked through, about 5 minutes. Transfer the liver to a platter, cover loosely with foil and keep warm.
  3. Pour off any excess oil from the skillet. Add the stock and boil until reduced by half, about 5 minutes. Add the onions, sage and lemon juice and cook for 2 minutes; season with salt and pepper. Spoon the onion-and-lemon sauce over the liver and serve.

Serve With

Lemon wedges.

Contributed By Photo © Wendell T. Webber Published December 2001

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