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Usually, I get tubes of Liverwurst or Braunschweiger from the cold deli case. I just spread some of the pate-like meat on a fave cracker for a snack.
I add a little mustard and a slice of gherkin, too.
I also like to cook chicken livers when I bake a whole chicken. It only takes a few minutes of sauteing, and is something to snack on while the chicken roasts.
So when I saw Oscar Mayer Liver Cheese on sale, well, I had to try it. First off there is no cheese in the package.
Liver-cheese is a translation of the German word " Leberkäse," where this type of porcine meat/cheese mixture was popularized in the 1700's.
I like the short ingredient list, mainly ground pork liver, with the addition of other cuts of pork, salt and onion flavor.
The flavor is typical liver - minerally and gamey at the same time with intense meat flavor. It is an acquired taste, unlike any other cut of (organ) meat. Even the smell is overpowering. It's like comparing cooked cauliflower to carrots, both veggies are on opposites ends of the flavor scale.
Oscar Mayer Liver Cheese is fine ground like a pate and formed into thin slices. It remains moist this way, whereas whole liver can be very dry if over-sauteed.
I've grown to like liver. I don't eat it every month, but when a craving hits me I get a nice loaf of freshly baked bread or favorite crackers. I add a smear of mustard and a pickle slice, when making an appetizer.
What is unusual in this Oscar Mayer version is the thin fat rind that encompasses each slice. It is a peculiar addition, that takes getting used to. I kinda got used to it, though.
The fat rind has a slight chew and is similar in texture to fat that is attached to slices of ham, although without the smokey flavor. I'm sure it's reconstituted for a uniform shape and firmness. The rind is a nice texture contrast to creamy pork liver.
So how does Oscar Mayer's Liver Cheese rate on the 99 Cent Chef's Cheap$kate Dining Scale of 1 to 9, 9 being best? I thought it taste just like ground liver should, pungent and meaty. So I give this Deal of the Day a....well, just watch the video below to see how I rate it!
Liver Cheese - VIDEO
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