Liverwurst Sandwich

Classic liverwurst sandwich with German liverwurst pork sausage, lettuce, bread, and mayonnaise.

Liverwurst Sandwich
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.)

Liverwurst Tastes Like Pâté

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.

Liverwurst Sandwich
Elise Bauer

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

Prep Time 3 mins
Total Time 3 mins
Serving 1 sandwich

Ingredients

Method

  1. Make the sandwich:

    Spread bread slice with mayonnaise (and mustard if you prefer), layer on the lettuce, liverwurst slices, and pickled red onions (if using). Top with bread slice.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
350 Calories
22g Fat
27g Carbs
10g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 350
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 22g 29%
Saturated Fat 6g 29%
Cholesterol 63mg 21%
Sodium 645mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 10g
Vitamin C 1mg 7%
Calcium 94mg 7%
Iron 4mg 25%
Potassium 211mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.