August 24, 2006

Filed under: Uncategorized — ros @ 7:40 am

This is a 'salad' of sauteed chicken livers, rocket and bacon topped with a raspberry vinaigrette and crushed walnuts served alongside some boiled new potatoes. I actually have no idea where the inspiration for this meal came from, but I've been thinking of doing it for a while. The best thing is it turned out to be very cheap, even though it tasted great and was made from fresh, good quality ingredients.

For some bizarre reason, chicken livers are classed as a “speciality meat” by Tesco. That means they're not stored with the other bits of offal but have pride of place next to the Gressingham duck breasts, even though they cost a mere 99p for 400g. This was the first time I cooked them myself and it turned out to be a lot less fiddly than I thought. Two and a half minutes of frying on both sides gave me some nice pink livers that were lovely and soft.

chiciken liver salad

The rocket was also a lot less expensive than I anticipated. It cost 79p for a pack that would easily provide 2 portions.  I managed to find a 2-for-1 offer on some good quality unsmoked bacon too.

The other ingredients I used seemed at expensive at first, but when you realise you only use a tablespoon of them, it's not so bad. A bottle of raspberry vinegar costs about £3 but I only used two tablespoons of it mixed with another two tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil. It went a long way just drizzled over the livers and rocket.

At about £2 per portion, it's not quite up to the standard of the student budget meals but it isn't far off! I just wish raspberry vinegar came in smaller bottles. I can't think of very many uses for it and I have no idea how I'm going to get through 500ml of the stuff!

Chicken Liver, Walnut and Raspberry Vinegar Salad recipe is up here now.

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