Actually, using mustard as a flavour was one of those ‘spur of the moment’ things. Paprika was my original thought. I use that so often that it does get a little boring. Thus sparked the idea of using mustard. It worked well for the taste too.
Liver is a great meat for cooking a frugal and low cost meal plus it is quite easy to cook. This combination turned out very well and is certainly worth trying.
Preparation: 60 minutes
- 150g/5oz Pork Liver
- ½ medium Brown Onion
- 200g/7oz chopped Plum Tomato (from a can)
- 60g/2oz frozen Mixed Vegetables
- 3 or 4 New Potatoes (see method)
- ½ Tbsp Oil
- 1 tsp Mustard
- Turn the oven on to heat to 200°C/400°F/Gas Mark 6.
- Peel and chop the onion.
- Cut the the liver into pieces around 2cm/¾in square.
- Heat the oil in a pan or wok over a medium-high heat until a small piece of onion sizzles when dropped in.
- Add the liver and onions to the pan so that they begin to cook. Spoon in the mustard so that the flavour is absorbed. Note that it may stick a little and take some stirring to get it to fully mix.
- Once the liver is showing signs of browning and the onions are beginning to soften (around 2-3 minutes) then add the mixed vegetables. Stir well so that they pick up the flavours from the pan. Continue to cook for 3-4 minutes.
- Add the chopped tomatoes with juice. Add in about 3 Tbsp of water plus a little salt and pepper then bring to the boil.
- Reduce the heat to a high simmer then cook for 4-5 minutes to thicken a little.
- Slice the potato fairly thinly while the sauce is cooking. I find it best to use 1 or 2 slightly larger ones to form a ring around the edge. Then use smaller for slices to fill the middle area. A single larger potato could also be used.
- Pour the liver mixture into an oven proof dish around 20cm/8in in diameter.
- Layer the potato over the liver mixture with the slices overlapping.
- Put the dish in the hot oven then cook for 40 minutes so that the potato is beginning to brown and crispen a little.
- Perfect to serve alone. Add some additional vegetables to accompany this Liver Mustard Hotpot if you want a little more on your plate.
The basic liver mixture for this meal would also work as a sauce. Just cook longer in the pan so that the liver gets tender. Serve with some mashed potato and extra vegetables to get another great meal.