Sunday, 14 November 2010


We killed five chooks over the weekend and mentioned in a previous blog that I made pate from the liver. A few people have asked for the recipe

First kill your chooks and save the livers. I ended up with about 150gms of livers and be warned my recipes are never that accurate.

So ingredients are

150 gms of livers.
2 medium flat mushrooms
1 rasher of dry streaky bacon
3 spring onions
I large clove of garlic
About a tablespoon of chopped fresh thyme
and the same of parsley
sour cream
a slice of vogels
A glug ofPort ( in the pot!!) ( must be good stuff ) ours was Seven Hills from the Clare Valley in South Australia still lovingly made today by some priests.
And a splash of cointreau.

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Sweat the onions, garlic and mushrooms in butter, in fact swim them in butter.
Then chop up the livers and turn up the heat a bit ( we have gas) and cook for a few minutes. then get a tablespoon of butter and shine up to a sticky sauce in the pot.
Then take off the heat - let it cool down a bit, slosh in the port, and cointreau
Add the herbs and the bread
Add about two tablespoons of sour cream.
Salt and pepper to taste - I was heavy on the pepper, light on the salt.
Taste again and alter to suit.
put in the blender and blend to a smooth paste. You can pour melted butter on top - make it look a little bit fancy.

Scrape out into a suitable dish and refrigerate. Disguise heavily in the fridge otherwise everyone will eat it.

Beware its loaded with cholestrol.

We decided on the lightish but lovely Morton Estate Stone Creek Marlborough Pinot 2006. Cherries and and softish tannins mingled with the rich earthiness of the pate.


update : thanks anon. Yip the original recipe i bastardised did indeed have a slice of bread in it!


Jacqueline said...

I think i will stick to buying my pate at the supermarket!

How can you kill a chook? Murderer.

Anonymous said...

Sounds good Busted but I have a belly ache just reading the recipe!! Suggest adding some Vogel's breadcrumbs. Doesn't take away the deliciousness, but cuts the density a bit and might help the digestive system of those of a slightly more senior persuasion.

Jackie, where the hell do you think the livers of the chooks who provided the supermarket pate came from? Were they not "murdered" by someone"

Anonymous said...

Don't engage with Jackie. That way be dragons.

Anonymous said...

Bloody hell, just realised who the (mad) Jackie is. No I will not engage with her especially in view of the fact that she thinks you can make chicken liver pate without killing the chicken. Anyone who "associates" with ML has to be a bit suspect

Anonymous said...

Yummy- thanks for your recipe I've printed off to try for Xmas. Homemade pate' is far superior to most gelatinous supermarket mush and impresses guests with a show of domestic prowess but I will leave the chook kill to others.