Chicken liver pâté with bacon

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Prep Time: 30 minutes
Servings: about 600ml pâté
Cooking Time: about 10 minutes
  • 15ml - each butter and olive oil
  • 200g - bacon bits
  • 1 - onion, finely chopped
  • 2 - garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 500g - chicken livers, cleaned
  • - salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 30ml - Old Brown sherry
  • 125ml - cream
  • 125ml - butter
  • - a few sprigs of fresh herbs, to garnish (origanum, thyme, rosemary or a bay leaf or two
My friend Lené Meadon’s winning recipe is rich and delicious, as befits French cuisine.

1. Melt the butter and oil and fry the bacon until golden-brown and crisp. Stir in the onion and garlic and fry gently until the onion is glossy (preferably not browned).

2. Move the bacon mixture to the side of the pan and fry the liver in the rendered fat until brown all over. Don’t stir too much; first let the liver brown on one side before carefully turning it over to brown the other side.

3. Season the liver well with salt and pepper and add the sherry, followed by the cream. Simmer for a few minutes until the liver is just cooked through and the cream has reduced slightly. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.

4. Blend the mixture with a stick blender or food processor until smooth and spoon into a deep bowl. Melt the butter – skim off any foam so that only the bright yellow butter remains – and pour this over the top of the liver to form a layer. Garnish with herbs, cover and refrigerate until needed. Serve with bread and crackers; this pâté is the perfect addition to a snack platter.

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