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My New Favourite Recipe for Chicken Liver Paté

For years I have been making a truly wonderful chicken liver paté recipe, confident that the recipe couldn’t be bettered. And then….I found this one in Rachel Allen’s ‘Entertaining at Home’. It is absolutely gorgeous – a rich, smooth paté beautifully flavoured with port, brandy and thyme. I am now switching my allegiance and it’s definitely on the ‘favourites’ list for when friends come around for dinner. Give it a go – if you love opulent, rich patés, you’ll love this.

Serves 4 – 6 as a starter

What you need…

250g chicken livers, trimmed

110g butter

50g shallots, chopped finely

2 cloves of garlic, chopped finely

2 teaspoons thyme leaves, chopped

95ml port

25ml brandy

Sea salt and black pepper

Sweet apple relish to serve, optional

What to do…

Melt 15g butter in a large frying pan over a moderate heat and when it starts to foam, tip in the chicken livers. Cook for 2-4 minutes on each side (depending on the thickness of the livers) ensuring that they are still pink in the middle. Tip into your food processor.

In the same pan, melt a further 15g butter over a moderate heat. Add the shallots and garlic and sauté for 6 – 8 minutes until golden. Tip in the thyme, 75ml of the port and all of the brandy and cook until the liquid has reduced to about 2 tablespoons. Tip all the ingredients into your food processor, scraping the pan to make sure you get all the goodness.

Pour the remaining port into the pan, whop up the heat to high and boil for 30 seconds before adding to the food processor. Whizz everything together until smooth. Cut the remaining butter into cubes, plop them in and whizz again to incorporate. Taste, adjust seasoning, whizz and taste again.

Spoon into one serving bowl or individual dishes, smooth over and cover with cling film. Pop in the fridge until about 20 minutes before you want to indulge – the flavours really come to the fore at room temperature. The sweet apple relish is a good accompaniment (as is a lovely little glass of dessert wine) but isn’t vital – this paté is quite happy taking centre stage!

Tip…

The paté freezes really well, so I’m going to double up on the recipe so that there’s always some available for those spontaneous ‘drop-ins’.

Inspired by…

Rachel Allen

How easy…

Very easy – a bit of frying and a bit of whizzing – job done!

 

 

Chicken Liver Paté with Brandy Revisited

In prep for a family gathering this weekend, I’m revisiting a few old favourites. Friday night will be a couple of cocktails followed by paté, cheeses, dips, breads and olives whilst we all catch up, so here’s the first, made today but frozen until Friday morning. This is genuinely one of the most lovely patés I have ever tasted, surpassed only by one or tried in posh restaurants! Great for sharing and also for advance prep – I’ve made one sharing dish for Friday and a further three for future occasions. Very yummy!

For the full recipe, go to the top right hand corner search box on my home page and type in Pate – this recipe together with a couple of others will pop up. Enjoy!

Brandy Ice Cream

Do you think it’s possible to adopt Mary Berry? Even just for a little while: not only is she a national treasure but she’s a heroine in this kitchen. This no-churn (I don’t churn – too much of a faff) brandy ice cream is stupendously easy and spectacularly gorgeous! I made the first lot with the intention of indulging in it over Christmas with Christmas Pudding and Mince Pies. Not a chance – it’ll be gone waaaaaay before then. Another batch has been scheduled – it’s that good! Eat it with festive treats, as part of an Affogato (dollop of ice cream topped with an espresso shot and a little dribble of brandy in this case) or just straight from the tub with a spoon: all to yourself!

 Serves 8 supposedly!

What you need…

 4 happy eggs, separated

100g caster sugar

300ml double cream

2 tablespoons brandy

What to do…

Using your handheld electric whisk, beat the egg whites until light and stiff and then, whilst still beating at high speed, gradually add the sugar, a little a time, until the mixture is a thick and glossy meringue. Gently whisk together the egg yolks and then fold them into the meringue.

Whisk the cream and brandy together until thick. Fold into the meringue.

Freeze in a flat plastic box overnight. Feel free to lick out the preparation bowl but for some reason, it’s not nearly as tasty as the final ice cream – don’t know why, just sayin’.

Share with friends or indulge all by yourself – very yummy!

What to check…

This recipe contains raw eggs, not suitable for all.

Tip…

You can freeze it for up to 1 month but once you know it’s there…that’s most unlikely!

Inspired by…

Mary Berry

How easy…

Spectacularly!