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12 Days of Edible Gifts: Chicken Liver Paté
12 Days of Edible Gifts: Chicken Liver Paté

Rich, creamy, and luxurious, paté is one of my favorite foods. However, it's not something I consume or make on an everyday basis. In fact, before Saturday, I had never made paté. That's why I thought it would be an excellent gift for myself (I would learn the process of making paté) and my girlfriend, Erica (she loves paté too).

Although the recipe is simple and straightforward, you will need a food processor. The hardest part is pushing the chunky paté through a fine sieve — don't skip this step, though; it's required for a silky, smooth texture. If you're a fan of paté, you'll love this homemade variation. I gave two jars to Erica and kept one for myself! To look at the recipe,

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Chicken Liver Pate

Chicken Liver Pate

Ingredients

  1. 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature, divided
  2. 4 bacon slices, chopped
  3. 1 1/2 cups chopped onion
  4. 1 garlic clove, minced
  5. 12 oz chicken livers, trimmed
  6. 1 large Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored, cut into 1/4- to 1/3-inch cubes (about 1 1/3 cups)
  7. 1 tablespoon chopped fresh marjoram*
  8. 2 hard-boiled eggs, peeled, quartered
  9. 2 tablespoons dry Sherry, bourbon, or Cognac
  10. 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  11. Fresh parsley sprig
  12. Rye bread slices, toasted or crackers, for serving

Directions

  1. Melt 1/4 cup butter in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. Add bacon and sauté until translucent, about 3 minutes.
  2. Add onion and sauté until pale golden, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add garlic and stir 1 minute.
  4. Add chicken livers, apple, and marjoram; sauté until livers are no longer pink inside and apple is soft, about 8 minutes.
  5. Transfer warm liver mixture to processor. Add hard-boiled eggs, Sherry, and salt; puree until almost smooth.
  6. Transfer mixture to fine to medium sieve set over large bowl. Using sturdy rubber spatula, press mixture through sieve into bowl.
  7. Mix in remaining 1/2 cup butter. Season pâté to taste with freshly ground pepper. Transfer to small serving bowl. Garnish pâté with parsley and serve with toasted rye bread or crackers.

Makes about 2 cups.

Make ahead: Can be made 4 days ahead. Cover and chill.

*My grocery store was out of fresh marjoram. I used parsley because it's what I had on hand, but oregano is another nice option.

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chiefdishwasher
chiefdishwasher
Oh that lucky Erica.
lexichloe
lexichloe
Love pate but would rather buy than make.
AmberHoney
AmberHoney
:drool: I might give this a try myself. Thanks.
Dana18
Dana18
I love liver pate. This is a great gift to give a friend.
Ericased
Ericased
Wow! This looks amazing! I've been trying to come up with unique handmade gifts for my family and friends this year due to the grave state of the economy and this is perfect! My dad is getting a jar in his stocking! Thanks party!
kiwitwist
kiwitwist
I don't think I could make this. I like pate but I prefer to not think about what is in it LOL!
tlsgirl
tlsgirl
I just saw this in my new issue of Bon Appetit, but was a little intimidated, so I'm glad to hear it's not that scary.
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