Mason Cakes

Posted by joe rigs on Sunday, December 9, 2012 Under: Recipes
    So my son, Mason, absolutely loves to eat mashed sweet potatoes and liver. Can't get enough of them. In fact, liver was one of his first foods.

      Kids will naturally gravitate toward more nutrient dense foods when they start out this way. However, even older kids can be converted with some tough love, the right foods and about 24 hours of dealing of them complaining. I've seen plenty of families make it happen and it's worth the effort. They will thank you for it later. They will not thank you for it now.
        So, for a while I've wanted to make a "pancake" using sweet potatoes and liver. Those two items really taste great together and even though I don't mind the taste of liver, I can't say I typically have a hankering for it. That said, the first time I made that meal for Mason and tasted it, I was pleasantly surprised by the flavor.
        I thought if I added a few ingredients, some eggs, I could really make an easy, super nutrient dense meal all wrapped up in one fun little package. They can be particularly handy if you make a lot and freeze them. Then, you could pop them in a pan or toaster oven anytime.
       If the thought of liver in a pancake sounds anything but appetizing, I don't blame you. However, below are two version, a savory one, which could be thought of more like a “dinner” pancake, and a sweeter one, and they are both shockingly tasty. The latter really hides the taste of the liver extremely well. You might even be hard pressed to detect it.
        So, if you've been looking for a way to add some organ meats into your diet but couldn't get past the bad childhood memories of liver and onions and lima beans, this might just do the trick for you.
    I highly recommend making the effort to incorporate some liver (and other organ meats) into your diet. Liver is the richest source of choline found in nature and abundant in other essential nutrients including minerals, fat soluble vitamins and even antioxidants.  
    So I’ll stop tapping away on my keyboard here and get on with the recipes. But first, if you want more stats on just how amazing liver is for you, below is a link to a post by Chris Kresser. He gives the low-down on liver, and he also states the importance of eating organ meats from pasture-raised animals:

“Remember that it is essential to eat meat and organ meats from animals that have been raised on fresh pasture without hormones, antibiotics or commercial feed. Pasture-raised animal products are much higher in nutrients than animal products that come from commercial feedlots. For example, meat from pasture-raised animals has 2-4 times more omega-3 fatty acids than meat from commercially-raised animals. And pasture-raised eggs have been shown to contain up to 19 times more omega-3 fatty acids than supermarket eggs! In addition to these nutritional advantages, pasture-raised animal products benefit farmers, local communities and the environment.”
-You can read the rest of that post here:

Mason Cakes (savory)
2 medium sweet potatoes, diced and boiled
3 eggs
3 - 4 oz. pasture-raised beef liver
1/2 medium onion, diced
1 tsp. rosemary
1 tsp. sea salt
1 tbsp. butter

Peel, dice and boil sweet potatoes until tender.

Roughly cut liver.

Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until you have a smooth, pancake-like batter.

Melt 1 tablespoon coconut oil in large skillet over medium heat. Pour 4" pancakes into heated pan and cook evenly on both sides until browned.

Serve hot with grass-fed butter.
Spiced Mason Cakes (sweeter)

2 medium sweet potatoes
3 eggs
3 oz. pasture-raised beef liver
1 tsp. sea salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. cardamom
1/2 tsp. ginger
2 tbsp. maple syrup
1 tbsp. butter

Follow same directions as above.

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