There are certain foods deemed inherently gross by popular culture, and many people -- myself included -- grow up "hating" them without ever having tried a single bite.
Growing up, I remember knowing certain foods, whether I'd tried them or not, were "not good." High up on that list was liver. In books, finding a liverwurst sandwich in your lunch pail was usually the harbinger of a shitty day, and liver and onions for dinner meant your parents really didn't love you.
I assumed I didn't like liver or liverwurst because no one did, right?
Enter Martha Stewart, who featured a recipe for liver and onions that changed my entire perspective on the organ. (And helped resolve my anemia.)
After trying this dish, my then-boyfriend, now-husband waxed on about his favorite sandwich: liverwurst, lettuce and mayonnaise on white bread. The next time I was at the market, I decided to forgo the boring sliced turkey for some Braunschweiger. After eating nearly an entire tube for dinner, I slept for a delicious nine hours and the next morning ran my fasted ten-mile time. I was hooked.
Today, my own personal favorite liverwurst sandwich combines sourdough bread with grain mustard, chopped yellow onions, monterey jack cheese, mayo and tomatoes.
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While I'm loathe to say I'm on the cutting-edge of foodies because I eat liverwurst regularly, I am proud to be a member of the (unfortunate) minority of Americans who enjoy this underappreciated meat. I would say liverwurst deserves a comeback, but I'm not sure it ever really had a heyday.
And New Year's Goal No. 127 is to find the best liverwurst in Houston.