Venetian style liver

Fegato alla veneziana (finely sliced liver with gently stewed onions) is one of the most classic Venetian dishes and appreciated also by those who don’t care that much for liver.

prep time 10 min     cook time 45-50 min
ingredients for 4
  • 450 g calf’s liver, finely sliced
  • 2 white onions, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 3 Tbls extra virgin olive oil (+ a knob of butter, optional)
  • 1/4 glass of white wine vinegar (optional)
  • salt and pepper
  • finely chopped parsley for garnish (optional)

1. Heat the oil (and butter if using) in a large pan, add the onions and sauté for about 10 minutes, stirring constantly and making sure they don’t brown. Add the vinegar – some use white wine or lemon juice instead of vinegar – and gently cook covered for  additional 30 minutes. 

2. Slice the liver thin and sauté in the pan with the onions, raising the heat.

3. Continue cooking for another four or five minutes, turning the liver slices continually and seasoning with salt and pepper at the last minute.

4. Be sure the liver is cooked to a turn: if overcooked it gets hard and dry, if undercooked it is bloody and sweetish. Serve piping hot, sprinkled with minced parsley, accompanied with slices of grilled polenta, mashed potatoes or greens of your choice. I paired it today with delicious asparagus.