Chicken Liver Pâté with Cognac & Redcurrant Jelly
IngredientsServes 1½ cups (375 ml)
½ lb (227 g) chicken livers, veins, fat and silver skin removed
½ cup (125 ml) milk
7 tbsp (105 ml) butter, room temperature, divided
1 medium shallot, finely diced (about 1¼ oz/ 35 g)
1 sprig thyme
¾ tsp (4 ml) kosher salt
2 tbsp (30 ml) Cognac or brandy
½ tsp (2.5 ml) maple syrup
¼ cup (60 ml) whipping cream
3 tbsp (45 ml) redcurrant jelly
pea shoots and crispy shallots, for garnish
sliced baguette, to serve
- Soak livers in milk for at least 1 hour, or ideally overnight.*
- Drain and discard milk, then dry livers with paper towel.
- In a sauté pan, melt 2 tbsp (30 ml) butter over medium-high heat. Add livers and cook until golden brown, about 2 minutes per side. Livers should still be pink in middle. Remove from pan and set aside.
- Turn heat down to low and add shallot, thyme and salt. Cook until softened, about 1 to 2 minutes. Add livers back to pan, along with Cognac and maple syrup. Cook until liquid has reduced by half, about 1 to 2 minutes. Remove and discard thyme sprig.
- Transfer chicken liver mixture to a high-speed blender and add cream. Blend on high, adding remaining 5 tbsp (75 ml) butter, 1 tbsp (15 ml) at a time, until mixture is smooth and butter is fully incorporated.
- Pass pâté through a sieve, discarding any solids, then transfer to a glass container with an airtight lid. Press a piece of plastic wrap directly onto surface of pâté, then cover with lid. Refrigerate until firm and chilled, for at least 2 hours, or overnight.
- When ready to serve, spread pâté into a small bowl and make a well in middle with a spoon. Melt redcurrant jelly in a small saucepan over low heat and pour jelly into well. Transfer pâté to refrigerator and allow jelly to set, about 5 minutes. Garnish with pea shoots and crispy shallots and serve with sliced baguette.
- * The longer the soaking time, the mellower the liver flavour will be.