Chicken liver & pineau pâté

Chicken liver & pineau pâté

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(26 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 10 mins Plus chilling

Easy

Serves 6-8 as a snack or starter
A rich, sweet pâté recipe using pineau - a sherry-like aperitif - great as a dinner party starter.

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal263
  • fat20g
  • saturates11g
  • carbs1g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre0g
  • protein18g
  • salt0.95g
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Ingredients

  • 500g chicken livers
  • 100g butter
    Butter

    Butter

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    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 100g unsmoked lardons or chopped streaky bacon
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed or finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves or 1 tsp dried

    Thyme

    This popular herb grows in Europe, especially the Mediterranean, and is a member of the mint…

  • 5 tbsp pineau or sherry
  • herb sprigs to garnish, rosemary, thyme or bay
  • toasted brioche or raisin bread and cornichons, to serve

Method

  1. Rinse the chicken livers and cut away any dark patches and small stringy threads. Pat dry with kitchen paper. Heat 25g of the butter in a frying pan until foaming, then add the lardons or bacon and fry until crisp. Add the garlic, chicken livers and thyme and fry briskly for about 5 mins, until they are evenly browned. They should be nicely browned on the outside, but pink inside and should feel squashy when pressed.

  2. Add the pineau, salt and pepper, then bubble for a few mins. Remove from the heat. Blitz the mixture in a food processor until smooth, then spoon into a jar or dish. Smooth the top.

  3. Melt the remaining butter, put a herb sprig or bay leaf on top of the pâté and pour over the butter, leaving the sediment behind. Leave to cool, then chill until set.4 Serve spooned from the dish with toasted brioche, a bowl of cornichons and a little sea salt.

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sarah_llew
20th May, 2008
5.05
This was so tasty. Did however add 1 whole chopped onion and lots of extra herbs (rosemary and chives plus dried mixed herbs) Everyone was very impressed definitly as winner!
karene
5th May, 2008
Absolutely delicious. A sure-fire hit. I'm taking orders to make again and again.
megandben
28th Apr, 2008
5.05
I make this all the time, it is very tasty and simple to make. Everyone keeps asking for the recipe.
flossiemi
19th Dec, 2007
5.05
This really is very tasty and better than any shop bought. Easy to make

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