French Chicken Liver Paté – Nadia Graves

image1 5.50.29 PMFrench Chicken Liver Paté – Nadia Graves

Nadia lives in Dordogne in the south west of France.  She has a lovely website which is all about cooking in her region, except on Tuesdays when she posts a South African Recipe.

French Chicken Liver Paté
Serves 6

1 onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, crushed
30g / 2 tablespoons butter
2 eggs
500 g / 1 lb chicken livers
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons armagnac, cognac or brandy

Preheat the oven to 160 C/ 320 F
In a large skillet, melt the butter
Add the onions and sauté until soft and caramelised
Add the garlic
Trim the chicken livers and pat dry
Add the chicken livers to the skillet
Add salt and pepper
Cook until the livers are cooked but still pink in the centre, about 5 minutes
Allow to cool
Place the liver and onion mixture in a food processor
Add the eggs, cream and armagnac
Blend until smooth
Scrape the pâté into a terrine dish or mould
Place in a baking pan filled with enough hot water to come halfway up the sides of your terrine
Bake for 30 minutes
Allow to cool, cover
Chill for several hours before serving
Serve with melba toast
Bon Appétit!

Make Ahead
The pâté can be covered with a thin layer of melted butter, then wrapped in plastic and refrigerated for up to 1 week or frozen for up to 2 months.

Alternative recipe – quick method
If you use hard boiled eggs, there is no need to bake the pâté in the oven
Cook the liver and onions as above
Process the hard boiled eggs in a food processor until smooth
Add the livers, cream, armagnac and blend
Scrape into a terrine dish or ramekins
Allow to chill in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours

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Nadia Graves Pic 2Nadia Graves

I have always had a passion for food. Growing up in South Africa with a French mother who loved travel and was a great cook, I developed very early on a love for cooking and eating. I started off my career as a Chartered Accountant working in the accounting world, hospitality, and entertainment world before moving to Paris in my mid twenties. This was heaven for a foodie like me, daily trips to my local market, glorious food everywhere.
While pregnant with my daughter, Nicole, now 22, I attended courses at Le Cordon Bleu. A few years later that included a stint in Copenhagen, London and back to Paris, my ex-husband, daughter and I moved to Los Angeles, for what we thought would be two years. Well, 17 years later a lot has happened. I changed careers to being an educator and worked in a private girls school, got divorced and then met the most wonderful man, my husband, Stuart. We married in January 2015. All the while, I continued my passion for cooking and food. Loving nothing more than trying out new recipes, experimenting in the kitchen and of course, eating. I have taught small group and private cooking lessons for 20 years now and as we embark on a new life in France in July 2015, I am so excited about the experiences awaiting us.
I look forward to discovering new foods and wines from every region of France and especially the Dordogne.
Food and life is about sharing and I can’t wait for you to join me in my adventures in my home and kitchen!

Visit Nadia’s lovely website – CLICK HERE

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