Last week we made Pineywoods Heritage Beef flank steak for the first time. Flank is a popular cut for making fajitas, its not the most tender cut, but it's got great flavor. To tenderize, flank needs to marinade for up to 12 hours. Sue made her marinade and it tasted so good we decided to use it for BBQ sauce too. We ate it on short ribs an it was amazing!
Anchovies?! Are you kidding me?!
Yep, that's one of the ingredients. Here are the rest of the recipe:
Combine Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, brown sugar, anchovies, garlic, mustard, tomato paste, and olive oil in a blender and blend until smooth, creamy, and emulsified. Transfer sauce to a mason jar and stir in onions and store in the fridge until you're ready to marinade or smother your ribs in BBQ sauce!
Recipe was inspired by Serious Eats
There is a lot of experimentation in the Ozark Akerz farmhouse kitchen. Sue, being what Mike considers a culinary alchemist, doesn’t always follow or write down a recipe. Well, she finally (and reluctantly) chose to cramp her style and wrote down her recipe for liver pâté. We’re often asked by Pineywoods Heritage Beef customers what they can do with the liver, apart from the age-old standby, liver and onions. We can now share this easy to make and delicious recipe with you.
their friends about Danish cuisine. Danish liver pâté, called “leverpostej” (pronounced liver-posteye) was always a big favorite. Sue has learned to love it and has put her own spin on it with this liver pâté recipe. Mike says it rivals the best leverpostej that butchers make in Denmark. Danes eat leverpostej almost daily. An open-faced sandwich with a liberal spread, garnished with a pickle, bacon, pickled beets, fried mushrooms, mustard or a generous pinch of coarse salt, the list is endless!
One favorite at Danish dinner parties is “Dyrlægens natmad” (pronounced dewa-layenz nat-meh). A direct translation to English is “The Veterinarians Midnight Snack”. It was first introduced in 1920 at Oskar Davidsen, a restaurant in Copenhagen that specialized in open-faced sandwiches.
after midnight at parties in Denmark and meant to help sober folks up before they catch the last train home. The open-faced sandwich has 5 layers:A slice of dark rye bread, bacon grease (in place of butter), leverpostej, salted beef tongue and “sky”. Sky has no English equivalent but is best described as gelatinized beef broth. Mike likes to top it off with onion. Tasty!
We recently took samples of our Pineywoods Heritage Beef to a meeting we had with the Chef de Cuisine at a restaurant. At the last minute Sue decided to make some of her liver pâté to take as well for him to sample as well. As soon as Sue brought out the sample, the chef got a spoon to try it. By the time we finished the meeting 20 minutes later, he had eaten a third of it and told Sue that it was "really delicious". We sent him the recipe the next day.
However you decide to eat your leverpostej, we know you will love the flavor of Sue’s first recipe. Hopefully we will see more of her recipes in the future.
Pineywoods Beef Liver Pâté with Bacon, Rosemary, & Thyme
* 6-8 thick pieces organic nitrate free uncured applewood smoked bacon
* 1 small organic sweet onion, chopped
* 4 cloves organic garlic, minced
* 1 pound wild-foraged Pineywoods Heritage Beef liver
* 2 tablespoons fresh organic rosemary, minced
* 2 tablespoons fresh organic thyme, minced
* ½ teaspoon sea salt
1. Cook the bacon until crisp, remove from pan and set aside to cool.
2. Add the onion and garlic to the bacon grease and cook for 1 minute on medium-low. Top with liver and sprinkle with herbs. Cook slowly, turning several times, until the liver is no longer pink in the center. Optional: keep a small amount of the raw onion aside & add in Step 3 for some crunch.
3. Cool slightly. Place all ingredients into a food processor, including bacon grease from the pan, sea salt, and optional raw onion. Process to your preferred consistency, I prefer it smooth.
4. Enjoy warm, fresh from the food processor by itself or on your favorite bread or cracker. Experiment with toppings – one of my favorites is bread & butter pickles. Refrigerate leftover pâté and eat cold or reheat, as desired.
Inspired by: https://autoimmunewellness.com/bacon-beef-liver-pate-with-rosemary-and-thyme/
At Ozark Akerz, our health focused farming practices are focused on the entire farming life-cycle. People tend to focus on the reduction of herbicides and pesticides, but toxins lurk in the most unlikely of places.
One example is water hoses. A lot of hoses contain lead and/or BPA. As the hose sits in the sun, the lead and other chemicals can leach out, not a cocktail you want to be watering fruits or vegetables with! To reduce this risk, we’ve adopted methods such as flushing our irrigation lines after watering and protecting them from the sun by burying them under mulch. We were also excited to find lead and phthalate (endocrine disruptors) free hoses, another step toward increasing the health value of our crops! One word of caution if you're planning on buying the lead and phthalate free Element hose, it kinks easily so you'll need patience to take another step towards a healthier garden!
Even if you buy organic, be sure to find out what the general farming practices are of the farms you buy from. Although organic is better for you than conventionally raised food, if the farm does not take a holistic approach to farming you may still be exposed to toxins.
Learn more about chemicals in organic food in this Mother Jones article.