Liverwurst Sandwich

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

“Eww! Liverwurst!” Thus went a familiar refrain when we were kids and instead of peanut butter and jelly we opened up our lunch box to a liverwurst sandwich. No one, and I mean no one, would trade their sandwich for ours. Even now, just say the word “liverwurst” to an unsuspecting friend and watch their reaction. Sigh. I suspect that if it were called “saucisse de foie de porc” (sausage of pork liver) we wouldn’t have had such a problem with it. But with the combo of “liver” (not every kid’s favorite meal) and “wurst” (sounds a lot like “worst”, as in the worst sandwich ever), we were not predisposed to like it.

Thank goodness we are grown-ups now with more sophisticated palates and an openness to revisit the food prejudices of our youth. (Right? One can only hope.) Seriously, liverwurst tastes a lot like pâté, and is usually made with pork, including up to 20% pork liver. Prepared well, it is absolutely delicious. The question is can you even find it in the stores anymore? We recently found some fantastic liverwurst a local German sausage maker (Morants in Sacramento). Underwood is a brand I remember growing up, though I don’t know how available it is these days.

Liverwurst sandwiches are typically made with rye or whole grain bread, mustard, and onions. Personally I would skip the onions, unless perhaps they are pickled red onions, as the liverwurst is strong enough in flavor and often has onions ground into it. We always had these sandwiches on white bread growing up, so that’s what I use now, but with Italian or French loaf.

Liverwurst Sandwich Recipe

  • Prep time: 3 minutes
  • Yield: Makes one sandwich.


  • 2 slices Liverwurst
  • 2 slices white or rye bread
  • Lettuce
  • Mayonnaise


Spread bread slice with mayonnaise (and mustard if you prefer), layer on the lettuce and liverwurst slices, top with bread slice.

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  • Eric

    Spread your wurst on hamberger buns or bread and top with sliced Velveeta and Broil…..the absolute Best!!

  • Mellowjoy

    White Bread
    Miracle Whip*
    Lettuce (optional)


  • Jinks

    I figured to show you one of my jars of Zure Leverworst made with my recipe posted earlier in this string..

    Jinks in Houston, TX

    PS for more of my “almost/typical” Dutch stuff I make here in Texas goto!657

    Wow. ~Elise

  • Some Texan

    Boar’s Head Brand
    Home made Pumpernickel
    Strong Horseradish spread

    My thrupence.

  • Jeff

    We always had them on white bread as kids with mustard, lettuce, Miracle Whip, and slices of homegrown tomato from the garden. A sweet or dill pickle and some potato chips on the side–a wonderful lunch. Now I sometimes eat it sliced on buttered toast with a dusting of, (believe it or not), garlic powder–now that’s heaven. Sometimes I’ll have that for breakfast.

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