Chicken Liver Pâté

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This pâté is made in the style of pâté de foie gras with rich and sinful infusions of butter and cream. To give it an even more foie gras-like quality, I’ve included a slightly sweet gelée sauce for it. It will keep for 5 to 7 days as long as it is well sealed. Serve in slices as a first course or spoon onto toasted brioche with the gelée.


  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 1 tsp chopped garlic
  • 1 lb (500 g) chicken livers, cleaned and cut in half
  • 1½ tsp fresh thyme, or ½ tsp dried
  • 1 star anise (optional)
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tbsp sherry vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Cognac
  • ¼ cup (whipping cream


  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted


  • ¼ cup redcurrant jelly
  • 2 tbsp sweet wine
  • 2 tbsp chopped dried cherries


Heat ¼ cup butter in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and sauté for 1 minute then add garlic and sauté for 30 seconds. Add chicken livers, thyme, star anise, salt and pepper and sauté for about 4 to 6 minutes or until chicken livers are still pink in the centre. Add sherry vinegar and Cognac and bring to a boil. Remove star anise, if desired, and transfer contents of skillet to a food processor.

Add cream and remaining butter and process until smooth, adding more salt and pepper as needed. Line a small loaf pan with plastic wrap. Spoon in mixture and smooth top. If there is any mixture leftover, spoon into a small container and reserve for another occasion. Pour melted butter overtop and chill for 4 hours or until set. Keep refrigerated until needed.

Combine redcurrant jelly, sweet wine and cherries in a small pot over medium heat and stir until melted. Cool. Remove pâté from pan, cut into slices or spoon onto brioche and serve with a drizzle of gelée.