Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Naughty Chicken Liver Pate

So your broke after the holidays and you need to bring something to the fancy New Years party and you know there will be champagne and lots of great wine what do you bring that is easy to make and inexpensive?

Chicken livers are totally reasonable and this recipe has a nice balance of savory, rich, spicy, elegant and only you know it was cheap and easy to make.

I make this the night before the party so it can rest in the fridge, it adds to the depth of the richness and marries the flavors to perfection. I only make this for special occasions and the holidays because it is very rich, but it's soooo good. Try this wicked delicacy .

2 large shallots, chopped
1 cup milk
4 oz butter
1 tablespoon whole peppercorns
4 strips of streaky bacon, chopped
8 oz chicken livers
2 cloves garlic, crushed
Nutmeg and salt to season
4 tablespoons brandy
4 tablespoons cream 

COOKING MUSIC SELECTION: Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears - I'm Broke

Soak chicken livers in milk for two hours to remove bitterness. Sauté the shallots and rashers in the butter for 2-3 minutes. Add the livers, turn the heat up a bit, and cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the livers have stiffened a bit but are still pink on the inside.

Add all the remaining ingredients, allow to bubble for a minute or two, then remove from the heat and tip into a blender. Whiz it up until smooth, scrape into a small bowl or ramekin, cover and refrigerate then spank your naughty self for making such a yummy smart appe-teaser.

Serve with sliced toasted baguette or crackers.

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