Velvety duck liver parfait

Velvety duck liver parfait

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
(9 ratings)

By

Magazine subscription – 3 issues for £3

Cooking time

Prep: 30 mins Cook: 15 mins Plus setting

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 6 as a starter or light lunch

A little parfait makes Christmas complete, try making your own with Barney's festive recipe

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freezable
  • Easily doubled / halved
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
535
protein
18g
carbs
2g
fat
50g
saturates
31g
fibre
0g
sugar
1g
salt
1.11g

Ingredients

  • 600g duck or chicken livers, or a mix of both
  • 250g pack butter, diced and slightly softened
  • 2 shallots, finely sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, sliced
  • splash each brandy or port
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée

For the topping

  • 100g butter
  • 1 tbsp thyme leaves
  • 1 tsp black peppercorn
  • toast, gherkin and chutney, to serve

Buy Ingredients

Buy the ingredients for this recipe now via:

Want to know how this works? Read all about it here.

Method

  1. Cut away and discard any large sinews from the livers, then set the livers aside. Heat about a third of the butter in a large frying pan, then gently fry the shallots and garlic for 3-4 mins unti l soft. Turn up the heat, add the livers, then fry until just browned on all sides. Add the brandy and port, boil down as quickly as possible – if the sauce catches light for an instant, then all the better. Remove the pan from the heat and leave to cool completely.
  2. Season the livers generously, then tip the contents of the pan into a food processor with the tomato purée and remaining butter, and blitz until smooth. Push the mixture through a fine sieve into a bowl, taste for seasoning, then tip into a serving dish, banging the dish down on the tabletop to smooth out the surface. Place in the fridge to set.
  3. Once the mixture has set, make the topping. Gently melt the butter in a small pan or in a bowl in the microwave, then leave for a min to settle and separate. Pour the yellow butter that has risen to the top into another bowl and discard the milky liquid. Leave the yellow butter to cool slightly, then mix in the thyme and peppercorns. Pour the mixture over the parfait and leave to set in the fridge. Serve with plenty of toast, sliced gherkins and chutney. Will keep for 2 days in the fridge.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, December 2007

Comments, questions and tips

Sign in or create your My Good Food account to join the discussion.

Comments

Show comments
gervais's picture
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

This was so quick and easy to make and was absolutely delicious. i used chicken livers as that was all that was available I will definitely make it again it was difficult to 'save ' some for the Christmas festivities!

goggleeyedsalmon's picture
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Absolutely incredible. Honestly one of the best patés I've tasted. Made an excellent impression on Christmas day. Highly recommended.

mccauley36's picture

lovely recipe made it the nite before valentine's! couldn't find duck liver so use all chicken liver taste great and will deffo make again.

superali99's picture

Excellent recipe but perhaps it would benefit from clarification for less-experienced chefs (seeing as it is marked as 'easy') in relation to the correlation between shop-bought weight of the livers rather than the cookable weight, i.e. after the sinews etc have been removed.

If, like me, you buy your livers in a rather rough and ready (but wonderful!) old-school butchers, your livers might not be quite as pre-prepped as those bought in larger supermarkets, so some clarification would assist. For example, 600g shop-bought yields me only 250g cookable product (I pay a very low per-kilo price!) but the recipe should say if the 600g in the ingredients list is shop-bought weight or weight to be added to the pan.

stunningandgorgeousforever's picture
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

As a very proud (and absolutely wonderful!) mother of five, I can testify that this recipe is like a gift from heaven, and beyond! I make this for my children's entrée every Thursday evening, and every time, without fail, it turns out perfectly, and of course goes without saying that every last bit is gobbled up!!! A 'must do' for all enthusiasts and beginners alike. Spoil yourself! Go on! x

katewhite's picture
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Brilliant and easy

colletterae's picture
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Great recipe on the whole but think tomato puree is not necessary and a generous glug of cream is good at the point of final final mixing to make the pate lighter.

kateincornwall's picture
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

I made double this recipe for a christmas starter for my family and our neighbours, and they haven't stopped talking about it since - it really is so simple to make and so beautiful - especially with the butter topping - I served mine on home made melba toasts with some red onion marmalade and the mix was fantastic. I have a little hotel in cornwall and it is going on my starters menu this year for sure!

lindfsw1's picture
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

I made this for a special birthday meal, using organic chicken livers instead of duck. It is so easy to make, yet really impresses guests who think making homemade pate must be difficult. I added a good splash of brandy, plus put fresh thyme in the actual pate (as I didn't bother with the thyme butter topping). It was absolutely fantastic served in little ramekins with toasted sourdough bread, cornichons and Cumberland sauce. Give it a try.

Questions

Tips