Recipe courtesy of Mario Batali
Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 pound duck livers or chicken livers
  • 2 tablespoons capers, rinsed and drained
  • 2 anchovy fillets, rinsed and patted dry
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes plus 1 tablespoon
  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 large English cucumber
  • 2 ounces extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 ounce red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 12 slices Italian country bread, cut 3/4-inch thick

Directions

In a 10-inch to 12-inch saute pan, heat oil slowly over medium heat. Add onion and cook slowly until soft but not brown (about 10 minutes). Add livers, capers, anchovy fillets and red pepper and cook until lightly browned (about 10 minutes). Add wine and cook until only 3 to 4 tablespoons of liquid remain.

Pour liver mix into food processor and blend intermittently, leaving lumpy -- not smooth -- like a puree. Season with salt and pepper and remove to a small mixing bowl.

Peel cucumber and remove seeds. Slice into 1/8-inch half moons and dress with oil, vinegar, sugar and season with salt and pepper.

Grill or toast bread on both sides and spread 1 tablespoon duck liver mixture over each one. Divide among 4 plates. Place 2 tablespoons of cucumber mixture on each plate and serve immediately.

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