Chicken liver parfait served in a ramekin

Chicken liver parfait

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 10 mins Plus 2 hrs chilling

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Serves 6

Get your dinner party off to a great start with a silky-smooth chicken liver parfait. Serve with toasted brioche and a sweet chutney for an indulgent starter

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: Per serving

  • kcal751
  • fat58g
  • saturates33g
  • carbs34g
  • sugars8g
  • fibre1g
  • protein18g
  • salt0.8g
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Ingredients

  • 100ml red wine
  • 1 tbsp brandy
    Brandy

    Brandy

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  • 1 shallot, sliced
    Shallot

    Shallot

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  • 2 garlic cloves, grated
  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil

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  • 400g chicken livers
  • 2 tsp fresh thyme leaves
  • 50ml double cream
  • 200g unsalted butter, melted
    Butter

    Butter

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  • 100ml clarified butter, melted, to top (see tip, below)
    Butter

    Butter

    butt-err

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  • 6 thick slices of brioche
  • chutney, such as orange, to serve
    Apple & cranberry chutney in three jars

    Chutney

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Method

  1. Tip the wine, brandy, shallot and garlic into a saucepan, bring to the boil and simmer until most of the liquid has reduced, about 3-5 mins, then set aside to cool. Meanwhile, heat half the oil in a large frying pan. Once hot, add half of the livers and sear them for 1 min on each side so they are brown on the outside but still rosy in the middle. Tip into a colander with a bowl underneath to catch any leftover fat. Repeat with the remaining livers and oil.

  2. Tip the livers into a food processor along with the cooled red wine and shallot mix. Add half the thyme leaves, all the cream and melted butter. Blend to a fine purée and season generously, then pour into a jar, pot or six individual ramekins. Transfer to the fridge to set for 2 hrs.

  3. Once the parfait has set, sprinkle with the remaining thyme leaves and spoon over a thin layer of melted clarified butter and put back in the fridge to set the butter. Can be made up to two days ahead and chilled. To serve, toast the brioche and serve with the parfait and a separate pot of chutney for everyone to help themselves.

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