For many, consuming and prepping offal (the internal organs and entrails of a butchered animal, excluding muscle and bone) is new, uncharted territory.
I highly recommend beginning with a Classic Beef Liver Pate recipe.
You may find some premade at a local health food store or farmer’s market. It’s a really excellent dish!
If you’re skeptical, purchase it from someone else before you make it at home. Others are already on board and ready to enjoy it from their own kitchen.
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I am overjoyed to see how many more people embrace the world of nose to tail eating now than did back in 2013 when we started promoting it publicly. Many butcher shops are now stocking organ meats. Online shops are also responding to the rising demand for organs.
Benefits of Eating Organ Meats
Organs are highly concentrated sources of nutrition. Liver for example, is once for ounce the most nutritionally dense food on the planet.
Because they are still relatively underappreciated, you can usually find them at quite affordable prices (sometimes free!).
There are many options that add variety to your diet.
How to Serve a Classic Beef Liver Pate
Like any good dip or pate, you need some dip-ables! Here are some ideas to get you started. Serve pate with:
- Just a spoon (my personal favorite)
- Crispy bacon slices
- Fresh slices of cucumber
- Celery sticks (assuming no oxalate sensitivity)
- Baked vegetables chips
- Grilled vegetables
- Other quick and easy low carb, keto snacks
Fiber Free aka “Carnivore”
Some folks find they prefer a fiber-free Carnivore Diet. If this sounds like you, make the Classic Beef Liver Pate recipe by following the directions below but omit the garlic, thyme, and pepper. Serve a la louche (by the spoon), with bacon as a dipper, or on the side of your meat.
If you’re looking for more delicious zero-fiber recipes, you’ll find over 100 recipes made from just the essentials: animal protein and fats in my Carnivore Cookbook!
Browse through this list of Carnivore-Friendly recipes for more ideas from my kitchen that are posted here on the site.
Please note, “Carnivore-Friendly” recipes are those that feature animal based ingredients with herbs and vegetables as extra flavoring agents but are not a foundational part of the recipe. For zero-fiber, simply remove the herbs and/or veg and stick to the base of animal protein and fats. If you have any questions, leave them in the comment section below the recipe and I’ll answer asap.
Classic Beef Liver Pate
- Food processor
- Melt 3 tablespoons of the butter in a skillet. Add finely minced garlic and cook on medium-high until translucent, 3-4 minutes.
- Meanwhile, trim the connective tissue off of the liver and slice to thin strips. Add beef liver to pan, increase to high heat. Sprinkle with thyme, salt, and pepper. Sear liver for 60 seconds on each side.
- Remove liver from heat and let cool, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a food processor or blender and puree until smooth. While blending/pureeing, add the remaining butter and cream (if using). Add more salt and pepper to taste, if desired.
- Once mixture is completely smooth, remove from blender and put in ramekins or a glass container and cover tightly. Chill in the fridge for at least 5-6 hours or overnight (preferred) to harden and let flavors meld.
- Serve with cucumber, celery, bacon or just a spoon.