Liver pate

significantly less than thirty mins

This is the perfect Christmas day starter employing chicken livers, a superb low value but luxury ingredient.

much less than thirty mins


  • one tbsp olive oil
  • two shallots, finely chopped
  • 3 sprigs thyme, leaves only
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • pinch freshly grated nutmeg
  • tsp ground allspice
  • 1 orange, zest only
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 400g/14oz chicken livers, trimmed of any membrane and gristle, roughly chopped
  • 50ml/2fl oz brandy
  • 100ml/3fl oz double cream
  • 120g/4oz unsalted butter, cubed

For the butter finish

  • 80g/3oz unsalted butter
  • pinch ground mace
  • orange, zest only
  • 2 sprigs thyme, leaves only

Heat the oil in a frying pan more than a medium heat. Add the shallots and thyme and cook gently for 5 minutes, or until soft. Add the garlic, spices, orange zest and a excellent pinch of salt and pepper and cook for a additional two minutes, or till fragrant.

Include the chicken livers to the pan and fry for 6-8 minutes, or till just cooked by means of. To test, get rid of a piece of liver from the pan and lower it open it must be moist but no longer bloody (a tiny tinge of pink is fine). Get rid of from the heat and spoon almost everything into a meals processor. Blend till smooth.

Include the brandy to the pan to deglaze, then add the cream and deliver to a simmer. Cook for two minutes, stirring up any of the residue from the pan. Pour into the foods processor and mix once again until finally smooth. With the motor working, gradually include the cubed butter and blend until finally smooth.

Pass the mixture via a fine sieve into a bowl and then divide in between four ramekins. Smooth the tops down by banging the bottom of the ramekins against the perform surface, then location in the fridge even though you put together the butter finish.

Melt the butter in a saucepan with the ground mace and spoon over the pts. Sprinkle above the orange zest and thyme leaves to decorate. Refrigerate for two hrs ahead of serving with slices of toasted sourdough bread and cornichon pickles.