CHICKEN LIVER PATÉ INSPIRED BY SOPHIE MICHELL
Sophie chose chicken liver paté as the starter for her final meal before being cast off to the desert island. And while of course, it is nothing to do with me, I do think she chose a cracker of a dish. I love chicken liver paté and it does make the most wonderful starter. Knock it up for a dinner party the day before and you can relax in the knowledge that at least some of your work is done. That is, coincidentally, one of Sophie’s top dinner party tips; always serve a cold starter and I wholeheartedly agree with this.
I always used to think paté was very complicated to make. I mean something so delicious must be tricky to knock up? Well, actually no. Chicken liver paté is dangerously easy to make. I say dangerously because when you see how much butter is in there, it is a little dangerous. But, as Sophie said, life is for enjoying and you have to weigh up the joy butter brings you and decide that this happiness is so much more important than being a smaller dress size. That being said, i probably didn’t need to eat this entire batch by myself, but it’s just so delicious smothered on hot buttered toast that I kept finding myself gravitating back to the fridge and before I knew it, it was all gone.
Ever since I trained as a chef I made a very loose pact with myself that when I would go to a restaurant I would try to not eat food that I can make myself. It’s a rather good rule, as it makes you more adventurous and experimental with your ordering. If you learn to make this paté it will mean that you will no longer need to order it when you go out, because you will be able to knock this up in no time.
I have to be honest and say I am not great when it comes to offal. I wouldn’t normally order liver. Unlike my sister who absolutely loves them, I always just seem to be very aware that I am well, ….eating liver. Not so with chicken liver paté. It’s so smooth and buttery, and so unlike what it started out as that I have no qualms about gobbling it down. So if you have never tried liver, or tried cooking it, I promise chicken liver paté is a great dish to start with.
Honestly, this is a doddle and it’s delicious. Just add hot toast.
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