Saturday, January 31, 2009

Waited for the bliss

I have to admit, this next one worried me just a bit. In general I'm not opposed to "wurst" which is really just German for sausage. And when I lived in Austria I ate my fill of all kinds of wurst. But the idea of making my own liverwurst appetizer sounded daunting. And the idea of cream cheese and liver isn't really one of my top combinations.

And yet, as is not uncommon in Thathouse, everything came together quite beautifully. Aesthetically pleasing, the parsley and cream cheese bring you directly to the plate. More than a mere garnish, the parsley makes the cream cheese less sweet. And once sliced open, I hope you get the oooohhh and aaahhhhs that I did. It's such a pretty surprise.

As for the taste? Creamy, and not just because of the cream cheese. It's all the best parts of liver without having to do any of the hard work of actually making it. And it's so easy to slice and serve!

Parslied Liverwurst Pate (From The Fannie Farmer Cookbook)
  • 8 oz roll of liverwurst
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped parsley
  1. Peel the covering off the liverwurst.
  2. Spread the cream cheese out evenly on a lightly oiled piece of wax paper to the dimensions of 6x7 inches. Place the liverwurst in the center, then roll the wax paper around it, tucking up the ends. Chill until firm.
  3. Then peel off the wax paper and roll the cheese covered liverwurst in the chopped parlsey, covering completely and elongating the log. Serve cold.


  1. This is really, really strange . . . but surprisingly I probably wouldn't mind trying it :)

  2. We import a mean Liverwurst from Namibia and this will make a delicious snack with drinks!

  3. my mother loves liverwurst... but I couldn't get past the liver part! That was years ago when I was a kid, but I would probably give it a try now as long as there was a nicely paired wine near by! :)

  4. Yes, this reminds me of my mother too who ate liverwurst on triscit (sp?) crackers when I was growing up.
    I think this looks really nice in the picture and will probably try it also. I imagine that the cream cheese probably balances out the strong flavor of the liverwurst. Thanks for posting.

  5. I think I'd tap out on this snack. Something about liver that makes my face scrunch up.

  6. I have not had liverwurst in ages. This is oddly appealing to me right now. Guess I need to make a trip to the deli.

  7. i never knew you lived in austria! how cool!

    as for the liverwurst, that's a negative. i was forced to eat way too many liverwurst sandwiches when i was little. bleh.

  8. my brother used to eat liverwurst all the time as a little kid. now, i dont' think he'd touch it with a 10ft pole. :/