Liverwurst Sandwich

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

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.

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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.


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

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



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.

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Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  1. JJ

    Years ago added cheese and bacon. Love it! My son is allergic to peanuts, so no peanut butter sandwiches. Liverwurst was one of the choices.


  2. Susan

    Morant’s in Sacramento had a fire March 2020 and are currently closed.

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  3. jgoffe20

    Sounds great. Thanks


  4. Boon

    Liverbest, mayo, sliced cheddar on toasted white bread and a thin slice of raw vadalia sweet onion.

  5. Mary

    Love some high quality liverwurst !
    Very close to pate ! I have enjoyed it all my life and have even had the pleasure of eating it in McSorleys old Ale house in NYC . One of the oldest pubs in the country. Great with Beer !


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