Chicken liver pâté

By Drum Digital
23 September 2014

This pâté is rich and satisfying, and ideal for packed lunches and picnics. Make sure you use fresh livers – they should be shiny – and soak them in milk to remove any bitter taste.

Makes 4 ramekins

Preparation: 20 min

Cooking: 20 min

500 g chicken livers, cleaned

200 ml (¾ c) milk

125 ml (½ c) olive oil

2 onions, chopped

2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

3 bacon rashers, chopped

15 ml (1 T) fresh thyme leaves

30 ml (2 T) brandy (optional)

15 ml (1 T) water

salt and pepper

7,5 ml (½ T) balsamic vinegar

200 g unsalted butter, chopped

60 g unsalted butter, melted

extra thyme to garnish

Put the chicken livers in a bowl, cover with the milk and refrigerate while you prepare the remaining ingredients.

Heat 15 ml (1 T) of the olive oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the onions, garlic and bacon and cook, stirring often, for 12 minutes or until the onion has caramelised.

Mix in the thyme, then brandy (if using) and water, stirring to deglaze the pan. Transfer the mixture to a bowl.

Wipe the pan clean, add the remaining oil and heat over high heat. Drain the livers, pat dry with paper towels, then fry in the heated oil for 5 minutes a side until browned and slightly crusty but still pink inside.

Add to the bowl with the onion mixture and season well with salt and pepper.

Return the pan to the heat, add the vinegar, give it a swirl to deglaze the pan, then scrape the juices into the bowl.

Purée the mixture in a blender until fine. Add the chopped butter and purée until well incorporated.

Spoon into 4 ramekins then pour a thin layer of melted butter over the top to seal.

Cover and chill. It will keep in the fridge for up to 5 days. Serve garnished with a sprinkling of fresh thyme.

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