Liverwurst: Stan's Metro Deli
|The liverwurst sandwich piled high at Stan's Metro Deli.|
Liverwurst is the third player in this strange liver-y ménage. It's part porky mystery meat, similar to a log of bologna, and part smooth liver pate. Meaty odds and ends combined with pungent eau de liver somehow meshes into a classic beloved by deli-goers and processed meat lovers alike.
(all the juicy details after the jump)
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|One component of liverwurst: pig livers in the raw.|
The flavor of liverwurst is a combination between the oft maligned bologna and the highbrow pate: a salty, mystery meat flavor profile with a hint of liver-y goodness. The coppery, musky tang of liver is muted by the grab bag of porky bits that go into processed lunchmeat, so you don't need to worry about liver's pungent flavor smacking you across the face mid-chew.
The texture is different from bologna, however, still a bit on the grainy side (we don't want to know why) but much softer and more spreadable. This is definitely a good thing when dining at Stan's, because they pile high thick slices of liverwurst on your bread of choice. It helps to smash that lunch meat down a bit to make for a more manageable bite, because this sandwich is large enough to stretch into a couple liver-y meals.
One word of wisdom: Make sure to stay well hydrated when eating your sammich, because the salt content in liverwurst is enough for your poor kidneys to shrivel up in protest just by looking at the stuff.
You Know It's Cooked Improperly When: You can tell that the lunchmeat you're eating used to be lips, assholes, and internal organs. Just like a hot dog, provided they grind these nasty bits down to a fine pulp, you should be good to go.
Always been a DIY-er? Liverwurst is available at almost any grocery store, so swing by and pick up a pound (or a 1/4 of a pound for the offal newbies out there) fresh from your deli. Add some marbled rye or pumpernickel bread, onions, cheese, and a slather of mayo (hold the tangy zip of that other whip) and chow down!