I never liked chicken livers…that is, until shortly after college, when I was a server in a little French bistro. They served a dish of livers and onions that I could never stomach, but I couldn’t get enough of the chicken liver pate.
In the past, chicken liver pate has not been a big seller at the restaurant, but I got some beautiful organic chicken livers from D’Artagnan this week, so I thought we could give it another try. It’s actually very quick and easy to make at home too. Simply soak the livers overnight in water, then rinse them until the water runs clear. This gives them a milder less pungent flavor. Render a little bacon in a saucepan with some shallots. Then add the livers, some fresh herbs, like thyme and sage and cook them until they are medium rare. Flambe with liquor of your choice, brandy, sherry, bourbon, what have you, and cook the alcohol off. Using a food processor, puree the livers, still warm, with a little bit of cold butter until it’s creamy. Season with salt and push through a fine mesh sieve. You can then spoon the smooth liver pate into jars and seal with duck fat, clarified butter, or lard.
We serve the pate with a mix of house made pickles, peppery radishes, whole grain mustard and sea salt accompanied by grilled sourdough toast. I know those of you who simply don’t like liver will never be converted, but heard this evening that one table practically licked the jar clean.