Leberwurst – Liver Sausage

Leberwurst is a German sausage that literally translates to “Liver Sausage”. This sausage can be served in a casing or in a jar and depending on the way it’s prepared it can be firm or spreadable.

I wanted to make a spreadable version of this sausage so my fat content is going to be a little higher than usual. The end result is a leberwurst spread that’s simply delicious.

The process of making a leberwurst falls into the emulsified sausage category as all of the ingredients are chopped so finely and the fat and water held in suspension by proteins from the meat and the liver. Making this sausage requires a good food processor with very sharp blades. This ensures that the texture of this leberwurst is just right.

You will notice that my leberwurst is slightly pink. This is due to the Insta Cure #1 that I used prior to processing the pork belly. This is completely optional. The use of Insta Cure #1 preserves the color and allows the leberwurst to have a slightly longer shelf life. If you choose to omit this step your liver sausage will still taste amazing it will just have a greyish finish with a shorter shelf life.

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Leberwurst

A German Liver Sausage
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time1 hr

If you are making sausage adjust the servings to reflect the total weight of your meat and fat

Servings: 1000 grams

Ingredients

  • 750 g pork belly
  • 250 g liver
  • 18 g salt
  • 5 g white pepper
  • 1 g marjoram
  • 350 grams onions sliced
  • .25 g thyme
  • .5 g mace
  • 1 g sweet paprika
  • 1 g ginger
  • 1/8 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 1/2 cup pork stock from cooking the pork
  • 2.5 g Insta cure #1 optional

Instructions

  • Cut the pork belly into small cubes.
  • OPTIONAL: Add only the Insta Cure #1 to the cubed up pork belly, rub the cure into the bellyl, put into a vac sealed bag, and and place in the fridge for 2-3 days. This is completely optional so if you want to skip this step that's ok. (this step will cure the pork belly, allow it to keep its pink color, and give it a longer shelf life)
  • Add the pork belly cubes in some simmering water and simmer for 20 minutes. Once finished set to the side and save some of the cooking stock for later use
  • Cut your liver into small cubes and soak in cool water for 1 hour. After it's done soaking, drain the water and blend the liver till smooth then set that to the side.
  • Sautee the onions in a little oil till they start to take on some color. Once they are finished cooking, place them in a blender with the pork stock and blend till smooth. Set that to the side.
  • Grind the cooked pork belly cubes on a fine grinding plate (3mm)
  • Chill all of your ingredients.
  • In a food processor add the ground pork and liver and process till it forms a smooth paste. Add the chilled cream and chilled onion mixture. Continue to process for 20 seconds. Finally add the seasonings. Process till completely emulsified and everything looks smooth.
  • Place the mixture in a small mason jar (60mm) and cook at 176F for 1 hour. The rule of thumb is to cook for 1 minute for every "mm" that you jar is wide. So if your jar is 60mm wide you'll need to cook for 60 minutes.
  • Once finished cooking allow the jars to cool in luke warm water then transfer to ice cold water to cool them down completely. Refrigerate overnight.
  • Enjoy.

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2 thoughts on “Leberwurst – Liver Sausage

  1. Marie
    Marie

    On the video I saw on you tube, you use sous vide to cook it..What else can be used? Water bath canner? Pressure canner? Thanks

    1. Eric
      Eric

      Sure. All of the above. On the stove top you’ll want to keep the temp around 176F (80C). If you use a pressure canner you can store this outside of refrigeration…

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