Joan Crawford’s Chicken Livers Wrapped in Bacon

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These were unanimously enjoyed at my Halloween party (although approached somewhat gingerly by a couple of guests).  Liver is a funny thing.  Here in the UK a lot of us associate it with school dinners.  A tough lump of stuff dipped in flour and incinerated by the dinner ladies…

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But chicken livers are dainty and moist and iron-y.  Wrapped in bacon they are little tiny taste sensations and even the liver averse Mr Rathbone had 2.  I think I could have made twice the amount I did and they would all have been eaten.

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They are simplicity itself but for the record here’s how I made them.  I used one little pot of liver from my lovely local butchers shop Morley Butchers – about 200g of liver I reckon.  I also bought 6 rashers of their streaky bacon, cut the rind off and cut each slice into three pieces.  Cut all the nice solid un-sinewy bits of liver into little lumps and wrapped each in a piece of bacon and secured with a toothpick.  Baked in a 200 degree C fan oven for about 20 minutes and served (as Joan would have liked it) very hot. I liked ’em! 

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I’m not going to repeat Tony’s joke about the synagogue when these came out of the oven…  Tony was in a naughty mood…

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as was Michelle – seen here sipping on Mr Rathbone’s new cocktail sensation “The Dr Phibes Cocktail” – I’ll get the recipe from him as this was a big hit.  Sailor Jerry rum, ginger beer and grenadine.  Delicious.

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The Vincent Price Goulash was yummy as usual.  But if I do the potatoes separately again (rather than adding them to the goulash and cooking them in the soup) I’ll use less liquid.  Here’s the only decent pic I got, before adding stock..

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A fine old time was had by all. IMG_0882

Favourite moments include Tony doing his Alvin Stardust impressions…

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Michelle’s legendary Parkin with little pumpkins made from clementines…

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and japes with all the brilliant contents of Doctor Rathbone’s Unlucky Bags…

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It was a rocking good Halloween.

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2 Responses to Joan Crawford’s Chicken Livers Wrapped in Bacon

  1. battenburgbelle 6 Nov, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    I too am averse to the livers of chickens, but I am tempted to give these a try. Sounds like a spooktastic evening!!

  2. Jenny 6 Nov, 2014 at 6:28 pm #

    I shall make some for you ducks. They are only tiny and utterly delicious. It was a MAD and CRAZY night! I was half expecting Jessie and chums to turn up for Trick or Treat but I’m guessing teenage girls probably prefer doing each others’ nails…

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