Sunday, December 26, 2010

boxing day pate {chicken liver pate}

i've celebrated boxing day
a few times

 in my first experience of
 "celebrating"
while living in the UK
i found myself
going from store to store
in my little village
finding locked doors
and closed signs

even with mail delivery
two times a day
i didn't get the memo
that commerce ends
when christmas celebrations 
begin

boxing day is a lovely tradition
and much more meaningful
than
half-off sales
and 
crowded malls

this simple pate
rounds out a simple buffet
or
if you fancy yourself a bit more posh
a nice glass of champs
a cool jar of caviar
and this 
on a silver tray
would have the queen
bowing to you
chicken liver pate
(printable recipe)
1/4 cup shallots--finely diced
1/2 cup salt pork --diced
2 large garlic cloves--smashed but kept whole
2 Tbs olive oil
1 lb chicken livers--well trimmed
1 cup chicken broth
leaves from 1 sprig thyme
pinch black pepper
1 stick butter
3 generous tablespoons cognac
in a saute pan with non-sloping sides, heat the olive oil and toss in the garlic, the shallots and the salt pork.  cook on low until the shallots begin to soften.  wash and dry the livers.  toss into the shallots and oil and let brown, but don't cook all the way through. it will only take a few minutes.  toss in the thyme and black pepper, then pour in the chicken broth. cover the pan and let cook until the liver is cooked through and everything else is softened.  remove from heat and immediately tip everything into a food processor. add the butter in chunks and process until you have a nice thick paste.  pour through a fine sieve into a clean bowl.  stir in the cognac and then pour into ramekins or gifting jars.  for a nice presentation, you can top with clarified butter and a fresh sprig of thyme.







3 comments:

  1. Yummy!
    Wishing you and your family all the best, Merry Christmas, Torie Jayne x

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  2. Thanks for your comment! This Patte looks yummy at my house on New Years eve we always do a night of appetizers I think I will add this to my appetizer list. So far we have Chicken Sate, Flank Steak wrapped in Bacon Courtesey of Trader Joes and Bacon wrapped dates that are stuffed in goat cheese plus brie either baked or served raw. Have a great New Years.

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  3. I shouldn't judge as I've never had patte but chicken livers? Eeewww. I'd probably love it though as I LOVE dip of any kind!

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