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Duck liver parfait, cherry compote served in jars with sourdough croutes on the side

Duck liver parfait, cherry compote & sourdough croutes

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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Prep:
    • Cook:
    • Plus cooling and setting
  • Easy
  • Makes two small jars; serves 10 as a canapé

This smooth duck liver parfait with a hint of Grand Marnier and Morello cherry jam can be made ahead, ready for a dinner party. Serve on toast as a starter or canapé

Nutrition: Per serving (10)


  • 100g butter , extra for frying
  • 3 shallots , finely chopped
  • 2 thyme sprigs , leaves picked
  • ½ tsp white peppercorns , crushed
  • pinch of coriander seeds , crushed
  • 400g duck livers , trimmed of sinew and roughly chopped
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 80ml madeira
  • freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp Grand Marnier

For the cherry glaze

  • 80g morello cherry jam
  • 1 tsp sherry vinegar

For the sourdough croutes

  • 8 slices of sourdough , cut into bite-sized pieces (if making canapés)
  • olive oil
  • sea salt
  • thyme leaves


  • STEP 1

    Heat a piece of the butter in a frying pan. Once melted and sizzling, add the shallots, thyme, peppercorns and coriander seeds with a pinch of salt. Cook, stirring, for 3-4 mins, until the shallots begin to colour, then turn up the heat slightly, add the livers and cinnamon and cook for 3-4 mins. Splash in the madeira and bubble until reduced by about half. Transfer to a bowl to cool and grate over some fresh nutmeg.

  • STEP 2

    Once cool, transfer the mix to a blender, add the butter and Grand Marnier and blitz. Check for seasoning, then pass through a fine sieve. Pour into ramekins or small bowls, leaving a gap for the cherry topping, and place in the fridge to set.

  • STEP 3

    To make the cherry glaze, very gently melt down 80g of the cherry compote with the vinegar and a pinch of salt. Allow to cool slightly, then top the parfait with the cherry mix. Return to the fridge to set for a couple more hours. Can be made up to two days in advance.

  • STEP 4

    To make the sourdough croutes, heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Toss your sourdough with a really generous pinch of salt, a good drizzle of olive oil and the thyme leaves. Roast in the oven for 15-20 mins until crisp and golden. The croutes can be made a day ahead and kept in an airtight container. Let guests spread the parfait over of the croutes and enjoy.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, November 2017

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