Quick, Cheap and Delish Pate Recipe

chicken liver pate
chicken liver pate
chicken liver pate

Chicken Liver Pate

I don’t have a story to tell, just that this is a “save money” dish, costs far less to make than to buy and takes hardly any time at all.  And, if I say so myself, it is wonderful.  This is another “Billy the Chef” (my cousin) recipe, and very lovely it is too.  The quantities below would serve 4 for a starter.

Ingredients:

  • 500g / 18 ounces of Chicken Livers, chopped
  • 2 slices of Smoked Bacon, rinds removed and chopped into small pieces
  • 4 shallots, minced
  • 2 Tbsp Brandy (any old cheap rubbish will do, for Gawd’s sake don’t break out the good stuff for this)
  • Pinch of Herbs (I used Herbes de Provence, but Thyme works very well too)
  • Squeeze or Tablespoon of Tomato Puree (this adds depth of colour and helps keep its colour in the fridge, pate has a nasty habit of going grey…)
  • 125g Unsalted Butter
  • Salt and freshly ground Black Pepper to Taste

Method:

Dry fry the chopped bacon, ie with no oil in a large frying pan.  Add in the shallots and butter and fry gently until the shallots are very soft (only 5-8 mins).  Add in the chicken livers, tomato puree, herbs, seasoning–be careful not to oversalt due to the saltiness of the bacon–along with the brandy and cook at a medium heat for about 15-20 minutes giving the odd stir.  There is real satisfaction to be had in breaking down the livers with the back of a wooden spoon, not sure why this might be…?   Leave, covered, to cool, check the seasoning before blending in a processor to a smooth but grainy texture.  Place in a dish and chill in the fridge for a couple of hours or so before serving.  It will keep, covered, for a few days.  Don’t bother faffing around with clarified butter seals, that only extends its natural fridge life for a few days and only if you do not break in there and eat it first!

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Categories: Chicken, Side Dishes, Snacks

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3 Comments on “Quick, Cheap and Delish Pate Recipe”

  1. August 2, 2011 at 11:04 am #

    I love chicken livers but have never made chicken liver pate (crazy, I know). I like the idea of adding tomato paste to boost the colour. What a great tip! I like to saute chicken livers with mushrooms and then add some sweet chilli sauce. It’s really nice as a starter served with some rocket. I love your blog, by the way. Intelligently written with some very interesting views. Congratulations on your one year anniversary!

    • August 2, 2011 at 12:03 pm #

      That’s so nice! Thank you.

  2. August 8, 2011 at 1:34 pm #

    I always forget how cheap chicken livers are, the pate looks delicious!

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