My mom loved this stuff and every so often, she would make up a batch that lasted approximately three hours in our house. While shopping at Whole Foods last week, I happened to see some fresh chicken livers and they were surprisingly inexpensive. So I bought the smallest amount (a half a pound) and started looking around for recipes.
It seems to me that you can get as complicated as you want (I’m talking to you, Emeril), but I choose an easy recipe from Bon Appétit with minimal ingredients and a fraction of the butter of other recipes!
Liver and Blue Cheese Pâté
2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) butter
1 1/2 cups chopped onions
1 pound chicken livers, halved, trimmed
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
2 tablespoons brandy
4 ounces blue cheese, crumbled
Line a 2-cup dish or mold with plastic wrap, leaving overhang. Melt butter in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions; sauté until beginning to brown, about 6 minutes. Sprinkle livers with salt and pepper. Add livers and thyme to skillet. Sauté until livers are no longer pink in center, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Add brandy; scrape up any browned bits. Place contents of skillet in food processor. Add cheese; blend until smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Pack pâté into prepared dish. Cover; chill 1 day. Unmold to serve. Makes about 2 cups.
I’ll tell you one thing, the dog was my best friend while this was cooking. I tried a little bit last night and it was absolutely delicious. Eric won’t touch it, so I have a week to eat a cup of pâté on my own. Poor me. :)