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Blackberry Duck Liver Smørrebrød

So, you’ve made a whole duck, stuck the carcass and giblets in a slow cooker to make rich stock, but now what do you do with the liver? You can’t refreeze it. Sticking it in the fridge doesn’t seem like a good idea and you feel guilty throwing it away—make yourself a quick, nutritious, and delicious lunch!


Part two of my duck series consists of my second smørrebrød recipe. If you’re unfamiliar with smørrebrød, check out my previous post, Smoked Mackerel Smørrebrød with Dill and Chive Blossoms!


Depending on the size of the liver and how many blackberries you use, this can make lunch for one or two.


one duck liver
1-2 teaspoons olive oil
half a shallot
handful blackberries, mashed
2-3 slices Danish rye bread (or other dark, seeded bread of choice)
purple pansies, for garnish


Peel and thinly slice half a shallot. Heat oil over medium-high heat and add shallot, sautéing until slightly softened. Cut the liver into small pieces and add to the pan, stirring for 4-6 minutes until desired doneness is reached. Remove from heat and let cool for a few minutes. Mix the cooled liver with the blackberries.

Spread each slice of bread with butter, and top with some arugula. Spoon blackberry liver mixture over, and garnish with a pansy, if desired.


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  1. Kristin, we’ve cooked duck legs many times but I’ve yet to tackle the whole bird. These toasts look awesome! Love the blackberries in the mix.

    • Kristin says

      Thank you Erin! I added the blackberries on a whim, and wasn’t disappointed 🙂

  2. Glad to see another gal aboard the liver-train! Liver tartines are one of my favorite summertime picnic-time snacks! Have never thought to add some berries & edible flowers, but will definitely be giving that a try, merci <3

    PS. Keep yr eyes peeled for yr herb-y package soon 🙂

    • Kristin says

      I don’t eat liver nearly as much as I should, but I LOVE it! I still want to try your chicken liver spread; I love the simplicity of the recipe. And I’m still so stoked about winning your giveaway…I’ve never won anything before 🙂

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