Devilled liver with pease pudding

Inspired by wartime austerity, Matthew Fort cooks a punchy supper of inexpensive ingredients
By Matthew Fort
Devilled liver with pease pudding
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  • Serves: 2
  • Cook Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Effort: easy


For the pease pudding

  • 225 g dried split peas
  • 2 mint leaves
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • 1 small bunch parsley, stalks and leaves separated
  • 25 g butter
  • 2 leeks, finely chopped
  • 1 lemon, grated zest only
  • 125 ml double cream

For the liver

  • 2 slices calves' liver
  • 1 tsp made English mustard
  • your favourite chutney, to taste
  • melted butter or olive oil, for greasing


1. For the pease pudding: put the dried peas, mint, thyme and parsley stalks into a saucepan and add 1.2 litres water. Bring to a simmer and cook for 2 hours, or until the peas are soft and the water has been absorbed.

2. In a small frying pan, heat the butter until foaming. Add the leeks and cook until softened but not coloured.

3. Stir the leeks, lemon zest and cream into the cooked split-peas and season to taste with salt and pepper. Keep warm.

4. For the liver: preheat the grill to a high setting and brush a baking tray with melted butter or olive oil.

5. Brush one side of the calfs liver with half the mustard and chutney and season with salt and pepper. Lay the liver on the baking tray chutney-side down and brush the top sides with more mustard and chutney then season again. Grill until golden brown on top.

6. Serve the liver with the hot pease pudding and sprinkle with chopped parsley.

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