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How to Cook Beef Liver (without Flour)

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These Crustless Mini Meat Pies with hidden liver are the perfect way to cook beef liver without flour. They are a nutrient-dense addition to meal prep for breakfast or lunch. It’s a great way to get your liver in without any unusual taste, texture, or appearance.

If you are interested in increasing the nutrient density in your diet, adding liver a few times a week is the way to go. Liver is a nutritional powerhouse. It is, ounce for ounce, the most nutrient-dense food on the planet.

For some, it’s hard to wrap your head around, but overcoming the cultural disconnect is totally worth it.

Personally, I enjoy eating nose to tail for many reasons:

  • It is a respectful, utilitarian approach to raising animals for food
  • Organ meats, bones, and hoofs are some of the most affordable parts – great for my budget!
  • They are highly concentrated sources of nutrition

What are the Benefits of Eating Liver?

As a full-time, homeschooling, mompreneur I need my health to be on point 24/7. There’s too much to do that would suffer if I’m feeling lousy. Plus, children are only little for so long and I want to make the most of it while I can!

I rely on a diet free from processed foods, inflammatory ingredients, and sugar to keep me going strong day in and day out.

Adding liver regularly is part of this strategy. I know I’m not the only one who feels the same, liver is often referenced as an “anti-fatigue” food due to its health-boosting attributes.

A quarter-pound of liver once every 1-2 weeks is a healthy practice for anyone who wants to have high nutrient density in their diet. It is highly recommended for pregnant and breastfeeding women, young children and the elderly. People with auto-immune conditions, gut issues, and previous vegans and vegetarians can also benefit greatly.

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How to Cook Beef Liver without Flour

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Perhaps the most well-known tradition in American cuisine is to dredge liver in flour and fry it in oil. It may be delicious, but for those interested in a gluten-free or low-carb approach, we need something different.

My #1 recommendation for anyone who wants to normalize liver in their diet is to use ground liver.

Once it is ground, liver can be seamlessly added into any ground beef recipe. Combining liver with ground meat effectively hides the liver, making it a great choice for picky eaters, nursing toddlers, children, and unsuspecting family members.

We share tips like this in our Keto & Carnivore Collective and find that 25% ground liver to 75% ground beef is a good place to start.

Use this strategy next time you make burgers, meatballs, meatloaf, and other ground beef dishes.

Follow the directions in Cabbage Noodles with Hidden Liver and you’ll see exactly what I mean.

How to make Ground Liver

The easiest way is to ask the friendly face behind the meat counter to do this for you. Your butcher already as access to a meat grinder, all that needs to be done is to pass the liver through and wrap it up for you.

If you order online or already have it in your freezer, defrost the liver and dice into small cubes. Add to a food processor or blender and pulse or blend until all pieces are chopped up.

Ground liver has a uniquely sticky element to it. Unlike ground beef which can be molded and pressed into shape, liver is gooey and too soft to be held together on its own. Keep this in mind as you grind it up so you know what to look for.

Blending with a machine will result in the most uniform texture. If you don’t have access to an appliance that will do this for you, liver may also be finely chopped by hand and mixed into the meat.

What is the best way to disguise the flavor of hidden liver?

Any type of liver may be substituted for beef. I’ve made this recipe with beef, veal, mutton, and lamb liver. I assume chicken, pig, goat, elk, venison liver may also be used. Each will add its own flavor, specific to the animal.

I have a hunch you will be surprised at how good the flavor of this recipe is just on its own without a lot of onion, garlic, or herbs. You might not believe me now, but I encourage you to give it a try!

Simply adding up to a tablespoon of your favorite seasoning blend will suffice to further hide any trace of liver. Make these mini meat pies spicy with a Mexican inspired combination of cumin, cilantro, and chili pepper or add an Italian flair with rosemary, basil, and oregano.

In the original recipe, Mini Meat Pies, published in my Ultimate Guide to Low-Carb Baking I use 1 tablespoon of herbs de Provence.

You can also use different mineral-rich salts. There are so many options and each brings its own unique flavor!

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Zero Carb Carnivore Diet Recipe Adaptation

Some folks find they prefer a strict Carnivore Diet to remedy auto-immune conditions, improve mental health, and achieve rapid fat loss. If this sounds like you, make the Crustless Meat Pie recipe by following the directions below but omit the herbs.

Find more meat inclusive meal ideas in The Carnivore Cookbook with over 100 recipes made from just the essentials or browse through my free collection of Carnivore-Friendly recipes.

With 0 g net carbs per serving, Crustless Meat Pie is a delicious way to cook beef liver without four, increase nutrient density and staying on a keto carnivore diet.

The recipe below is 100% free of gluten, grain, sugar, and dairy. Great for paleo, low-carb, ketogenic and carnivore diets!

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Crustless Meat Pie (with Hidden Liver)

These Crustless Mini Meat Pies with hidden liver are the perfect nutrient-dense addition to breakfast or lunch. Pack them in a lunchbox or keep in the fridge, they pair well with everything. It’s a great way to get your liver in without any unusual taste, texture, or appearance.
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Course: Breakfast, Main Course, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: Traditional
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 139kcal

Equipment

  • 12-cup muffin pan

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F / 177°C.
  • Combine meat and liver in a mixing bowl. Add in eggs, stir well to combine.
  • Melt the tallow or cooking fat and add to meat. Season with salt and optional herbs.
  • Grease a 12-cup muffin pan well or use cupcake liners. Spoon mixture into each well evenly.
  • Bake for 20 minutes, until done. Remove from oven and cool before removing. Serve warm or leftovers cold.

Notes

May also adapt to a 24-cup mini muffin pan for smaller portions or bake in an 8 x 8 inch baking dish or something similar.
To grind liver:
  • Ask your butcher to do it for you
  • Dice into small cubes and blend in a food processor or blender.
  • Chop finely by hand
See post above for more details.

Macros and Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Crustless Meat Pie (with Hidden Liver)
Amount Per Serving (1 meat pie muffin)
Calories 139 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 110mg37%
Sodium 255mg11%
Potassium 152mg4%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 1718IU34%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 21mg2%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Try all my Gluten-Free Meat Pie Recipes

Add ground liver into any of these gluten-free meat pies. Make your favorite when you need a quick family dinner and save the leftovers for breakfast the next morning – they are delicious!

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14 Responses

  1. Demeter
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    5 stars
    I didn’t realize all of the health benefits to liver. This sounds so flavorful!

  2. Stephanie
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    5 stars
    Thanks for such an informative post on liver. And yes I agree about eating less processed foods to feel good. This sounds like the perfect way to eat liver.

  3. Adrienne
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    5 stars
    This looks wonderful!!! Thanks so much! Heading to the butcher today in Portland Oregon for some locally raised beef and pork products.
    https://meatingplacepdx.com/butcher-shop/

    • Jessica Haggard
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      Awesome! Have a great trip 🙂 Thanks for sharing the link for others!

  4. Michelle
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    5 stars
    Love this recipe. I’m pregnant and have been anemic. Hopefully this helps out with that!

    • Jessica Haggard
      | Reply

      Meat and animal protein more generally will 100% help!

  5. Erika
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    5 stars
    I’ve never cooked liver, but I love the tips here and how to use it in a meat pie.

  6. Tisha
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    5 stars
    This is a great post! Awesome version of preparing them without flour! Thanks for sharing

  7. julie Christy
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    I didn’t realize liver was so nutrient dense. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Hoang Vi Fessenden
    | Reply

    5 stars
    This sounds so cozy and like comfort food id def like to try!

  9. Cathy
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    I already love liver but I’ve never ground it up! I pan fry it quickly. I love trying new recipes and look forward to making this Crustless Meat pie!

    • Jessica Haggard
      | Reply

      It’s awesome to meet another liver fan! Let me know what you think once you try these – I bet you’ll love them as much as I do!

  10. Tami L
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    We bought a cow with some others recently and I was just about the only one who wanted the liver. So I have all of this liver in my freezer and NO IDEA what to do with it. So trying this tonight. Fingers crossed. I think it sounds delicious, but I haven’t eaten beef liver since my mom put me on weight watchers in the 80s. True story. Thanks for your recipes.

    • Jessica Haggard
      | Reply

      How fun! Live freezes well so you can cut it up in 1 or 1/2 pound sections and store it. Be sure to check out my other liver recipes here. The liver chips are not to be missed!

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