Pâté is one of those dishes that seem to mostly get a look-in during the festive season. A bit of a shame really, because it’s quite easy to make and a great addition to any dinner table, no matter what season. On the plus side (and very fitting for the festive season), since it can be made up to two days ahead, it takes a lot of stress out of all the last minute preparations.


Here's what you'll need...

  • 180g salted butter + 175g salted butter (355g in total)
  • 400g chicken livers
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3tbsp brandy
  • Leaves of 4 sprigs of thyme
  • Thyme sprigs for decoration

What you'll need to make our Chicken Liver Pâté


Chicken Liver Pâté topped with thyme sprigs served with toasted sourdough bread and pickles


Close up shot of Chicken Liver Pâté with toasted sourdough bread and pickles

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  • 1

    Take 1 tbsp of the 175g butter and heat in a frying pan over a medium heat. Once the butter is melted and foaming, add the chicken livers and fry until just very lightly browned.

    frying pan with melted butter

  • 2

    Now add the thyme leaves, minced garlic and brandy. Stir and bring to a simmer, cook for 2 minutes.

    frying pan with melted butter and chicken livers

  • 3

    Now put it all into your food processor and add the remains of the 175g of butter.

    frying pan with chicken livers, thyme leaves, minced garlic and melted butter

  • 4

    Process until you have a smooth paste then transfer the paste into four small flan dishes or jars.

    Food processor filled with chicken liver and butter

  • 5

    Melt the 180g of butter in a saucepan until light gold.

    Chicken Liver Pâté in small flan dishes

  • 6

    Pour the melted butter over each pâté and add some thyme sprigs.

    melted butter in a large saucepan

  • 7

    Chill for four hours before serving.

    Chicken Liver Pâté in small flan dishes topped with thyme sprigs

  • 8

    Serve with toasted sourdough or brioche and cornichons.

    Chicken Liver Pâté served with toasted sourdough and pickles on a wooden chopping board

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By Carole Poirot on 19.12.18

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