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Leberkäse (Leberkaese) Recipe

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2½ lb. lean pork, ground
1 qt. ice water
1 1/2 lb. pork liver
1 onion
1 clove garlic
½ lb. unsliced bacon, finely diced
3 eggs
1 T. salt
1 tsp. pepper
2 tsp. saltpeter (you can get this from a druggist)
1 tsp. sugar

Place ground pork on a cutting board or in a very large bowl. Gradually work ice water into the meat. To do this, pour a little water onto meat and knead with both hands until water is absorbed. I you do this very slowly and carefully, you should be able to work the entire quart of water into the 2½ pounds of pork. The smoothness of the paté depends upon this operation. Grind pork liver, onion and garlic together, twice, using the finest blade of a food chopper. Mix ground pork with the ground liver mixture, diced bacon and remaining ingredients. Mix well until very thoroughly blended.

Grease one or two loaf pans. Pack paté mixture in pans until each is almost full. It is not necessary to leave more than 1" of space at the top. Brush top of meat with cold water until smooth and glossy. Set loaf pan in a larger pan of hot water. The water should come about halfway up the sides of the pan. Bake in the lower third of a 350ºF oven 2½ to 3 hours, or until paté is cooked solid and is white throughout.

Leberkäse may be served directly from the oven or it may be stored in the refrigerator until you want to use it. It may be eaten cold, but it is much better hot. To heat, remove from refrigerator about 30 to 45 minutes before serving time. Cut off as many slices as you will need and heat in a vegetable steamer if you have one, or in the top of a double boiler that is set over simmering water about 30 minutes, or until meat slices are heated thoroughly.

Variation: Cut Leberkäse in 1" slices and fry slowly in butter with some onion rings, until meat is brown on both sides and onions are soft and golden. Serve Leberkäse slices topped with onion rings and/or a sunny-side up egg.

Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
This was one of my favorite sandwiches when I traveled to Germany. The name Leberkäse/Leberkaese translates into "liver cheese" however there is no cheese in the ingredients and depending on the recipe in many cases there is no liver. This is a very popular delicacy in Germany but especially in Bavaria. It reminds me of bologna but superior and slightly porous. It is wonderful served with good German mustard (course ground) and the "to die for" crusty rye bread or rolls. Sehr gut!




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