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Old 18-11-2011, 01:22 AM posted to rec.food.cooking
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On 11/17/2011 10:47 AM, Sqwertz wrote:
Chicken Liver Pate. A Sqwertz original. Cheap and Easy ($2 or less).

Look for livers that are pale brown rather than rosy pink/red. Brine
1 pound livers in 12oz apple juice, 1 TB kosher salt, and 1 TB
Worcestershire sauce for 3-4 hours. This help makes them creamy
smooth.

Drain and simmer livers with 1 small onion chopped roughly, a large
clove of smashed garlic, and 1 tsp thyme until livers just barely lose
their pink inside and are firm (about 5 minutes).

Drain liquid and transfer all solids to a food processor. Grind in
some pepper on top. Add 1 stick of room temperature butter(*) and
pulverize until smooth. Add salt to taste, spin a little more, and
chill for 4 hours. Good on Triscuits (Sun-Dried Tomato or Rosemary)
and Club crackers.

(*)Jaque Pepin says to use 3 sticks of butter per 1 pound of livers.

I have found that the only thing that makes chicken livers "creamy
smooth" is not overcooking them. There is no benefit to simmering
chicken livers with onion and garlic and thyme for five minutes, as that
isn't enough time to soften and develop the flavors or the onion and
garlic, and you lose all of the thyme to the water. It would be better
to saute those before cooking the livers, and hold them to the side
until you're ready to take it all to the food processor.

Even a food processor can't make overcooked livers "creamy smooth" no
matter how hard you try or how much fat you add, but chicken livers that
are cooked through and still pink in the center are moist and smooth as
silk without mechanical assistance. I also don't bother brining chicken
livers for pate. I add the seasoning later.


I think what may make the recipe survive on the table is the large
quantity of butter, far more than most of us would want. This recipe was
published in 1982 in "Everyday Cooking".

Kent



Come on now. Duck liver is the way to go. Soak in milk overnight, sauté
the onion and garlic, drain the liver, toss it all in the blender with
herbs and Marsala and 1 pound melted butter for each pound of liver. Then
bake it off.

Absolutely! Duck liver is almost the best. The best, of course, is goose
liver, It's very pricey though. Both are very satisfying. I routinely use
turkey liver in turkey stuffing. It has quite a delicate flavor. It goes
into the stuffing without cooking, and it's cooked only along with the
stuffing.

Kent