Homemade pâté inspired by the gorgeous Rachel Khoo’s Little Paris Kitchen

Pate This is another of those dishes I probably never would have made had I still been living in England.  It is so easy to pick up good pâté in the UK but I find it almost impossible to find pâté here in California.  For me, it is such a nostalgic comfort food.  The first bite always takes me back to the time around Christmas when my Mum would fill the fridge with all sorts of goodies and we would nibble our way through them in the lazy lunches and suppers around Christmas.  Usually on top of a Jacobs Cornish Cream Cracker while watching Only Fools and Horses.

I’ve had my fair share of pâté spread onto a crusty baguette in France too.  Gorgeous in a different kind of way.

This recipe jumped out at me when I was devouring the beautiful Rachel Khoo‘s Little Paris Kitchen book.  I love her style of cooking, her TV show is a delight as is her blog.

This recipe is so easy but so good.  My only problem with it has been that I end up making so much at a time that I become a pâté pusher to anyone who comes to the house.  Luckily my fellow Brit ex-pats are equally pâté starved so are usually thrilled to go home with a pot of this.  My kids surprised me by loving it too.  It has been great to have in the fridge for their sandwiches and I also stirred some through hot pasta with peas for a quick dinner for them last night.

Rachel’s recipe called for rabbit livers which are nigh on impossible to get round these parts so I substituted organic chicken livers.  I also used Marsala instead of Cognac as that is what I had in the house.  I usually double up her recipe.

This is a great party dish, serve it with crackers or toasted bread and cornichons.  It is a delight to have a pot of this in the fridge ready for lunch and it will happily keep in the fridge for a week.  You can even freeze it according to Rachel but I’ve never tried that.

Ingredients (to make enough to fill a couple of jam jars)

100g (3.5oz) salted butter

4 cloves of garlic, peeled and flattened

2 bay leaves

2 sprigs of thyme

225g (8oz) chicken livers, please get organic as the liver is what processes all that the chicken eats

1 tablespoon Marsala or Cognac

1 small anchovy fillet

Half a teaspoon each of freshly ground pepper and salt

To make:

1.  Melt a knob of the butter in a frying pan and gently cook the garlic, bay and thyme until the garlic is soft but not brown.  Around 4 minutes.

2.  Add the livers and Cognac and cook on a medium high heat for around 4 minutes, stirring occasionally.  You want the livers to be brown on the outside but still pink in the middle.  Don’t be scared of the pink middle.  The trick is not to overcook them so aim for the middle 20% to be pink when you cut a liver in half.  Remove the bay leaves and thyme.

3.  Put the butter, anchovy, salt and pepper in a food processor or blender and whiz together before adding the chicken livers and juices.  Puree until smooth and check for seasoning.

4.  Divide either into individual ramekins or into a narrow necked jar.  The narrow neck is to reduce the amount on surface area and therefore reduce the amount of air that will get to the surface of the pâté.  Cover with plastic wrap and chill for 4 hours or overnight before serving.


3 thoughts on “Homemade pâté inspired by the gorgeous Rachel Khoo’s Little Paris Kitchen

  1. That sounds really good. I’d never even considered making my own pâté, but this recipe looks doable! By the way, I live in California, too, and if you are near a Whole Foods, they often have good pâté.

    • thank you! Yes I live near Whole Foods (thank goodness) but the pate at my local one is so expensive and not as good as this. I reckon this is a quarter of the price if not more. Let me know how you get on!

  2. Pingback: Some ideas for Christmas and holiday party food | yousaytomatocooking's blog

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s