Hair of the Dog Breakfast

Not that I would ever need a hair-of-the-dog kind of breakfast (!) but this is it for me if I was ever in need of one. What’s better than eggs, liver, onions, and all of that topped off with a bloody mary?!!!

Now I promised there would be at least one liver post in 2013, and this is it. I happen to be a fan. Maybe some of you should give it a try, after all, it’s really inexpensive!

I think liver and eggs are the only reasons I made it out of college alive, because they were all I could afford. Eggs were cheap, and a carton of beef liver cost under a dollar and could stretch me three meals. (This was back in the 70’s.)

These days, eggs are a little more expensive, but liver is still cheap.


I prefer beef liver with my eggs, as opposed to chicken liver, which I use only to make pâté. I prefer the texture of beef liver, and the servings are good-sized. So here’s what I did the morning after my last holiday hurrah:

Liver and Eggs
Serves 2

3 tablespoons butter
1 onion, halved, then sliced
2 tablespoons butter
2 “slabs” beef liver, blotted dry on paper towels
2 eggs, or 4, if you prefer

Heat the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the onions until they are nice and brown, about five minutes; place them in a bowl and keep warm.


Heat 2 more tablespoons of butter in the same skillet and cook 2 slices of liver. Give them at least a minute on one side, then turn them over. I usually turn down the heat slightly and cook a little more on the second side. I like mine rare, but I don’t want the liver too seared on the outsides, with raw insides.



Remove the liver to a plate, and then cook the eggs; there should be enough butter in the skillet to cook them. If not, add a little more butter.


To serve, place a liver slice on a plate, put your cooked egg next to it, and top everything with the onions. Don’t forget the bloody mary!

By Published On: January 16th, 201317 Comments on Hair of the Dog Breakfast

About the Author: Chef Mimi

As a self-taught home cook, with many years in the culinary profession, I am passionate about all things food-related. Especially eating!


  1. fleurdeselsf January 16, 2013 at 10:06 AM - Reply

    This is brilliant! Love this post! :)

  2. Food and Forage Hebrides January 16, 2013 at 10:17 AM - Reply

    Love liver, a great meal for anytime of the day! Tracey

  3. knowsyourwine January 16, 2013 at 10:22 AM - Reply

    Hmmm. I love liver, whether it’s calves liver or lambs liver, and I could sometimes use a ‘hair off the dog’ breakfast, but I would never have thought of this combination! !

    It sounds fab – the only trouble is that my wife hates liver which would mean me cooking it when I least feel like cooking! !

    Must try it though. …..

    • chef mimi January 16, 2013 at 10:34 AM - Reply

      I’m the only one who eats liver in my house. And I’ve been instructed to only cook it when I’m alone in the house!!!

  4. My French Heaven January 16, 2013 at 11:11 AM - Reply

    Two bloody Marys for me please! Very appetizing this!

  5. Blonde Ambition January 16, 2013 at 12:58 PM - Reply

    Love the hair of the dog theme :) I’ve never tried liver (besides foie gras) but you make it look much more appetizing than it sounds!!

  6. The Kat and The Falling Leaves January 16, 2013 at 3:17 PM - Reply

    What a great idea! I love liver and I love eggs and somehow I’ve never had them together. I must make it!
    P.S. I hope for more than one liver recipe in 2013.

    • chef mimi January 16, 2013 at 5:22 PM - Reply

      hahahaha! well, I might do another one. it’s hard for me to stay away from it!

  7. bloodybest January 16, 2013 at 4:55 PM - Reply

    Everything is better topped off with a bloody mary.

  8. ChgoJohn January 16, 2013 at 5:13 PM - Reply

    I’ve never had liver at any other meal other than supper. Having them in the morning with eggs is a revelation. And then I wouldn’t feel so guilty making my liver with onions AND bacon. :)

  9. chef mimi January 16, 2013 at 5:23 PM - Reply

    Great! by the way, love your Giardinieri recipe! (i probably didn’t spell it right!)

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