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Liver-Pate-art - 7/20/17


"Poultry Livers & Herb Forcemeat or 'That Pate Recipe'" by Mistress Anne de Tournai, OP.


NOTE: See also the files: Offal-Time-art, liver-msg, chicken-msg, haggis-msg, minced-meat-art, organ-meats-msg, tongue-msg, Yseult-Chickn-art.





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Poultry Livers & Herb Forcemeat or "That Pate Recipe"

by Mistress Anne de Tournai, OP


Forcemeats are ground, lean meats emulsified with fats and extant recipes can be found as far back as Roman times.  Apicius has a range of forcemeat recipes from dormouse to hare and this tradition continues on – look at such recipes as the Elizabethan "mortis of chicken" or "liver puddings".


Modern tastes are familiar with forcemeats in their pate form and they make a wonderful addition to almost any menu given that they are cheap to make, great communal food which is easily divided and present a range of opportunities for different flavour combinations.   This is my recipe in one of its most popular forms.




250g butter

500g liver

1 onion

1 large tsp of minced garlic

1 tsp of thyme

a grind of salt & pepper

1/2 tsp of allspice

1/2 cup of port/gin/booze of your choice

1/2 cup of chicken stock

1 – 2 bunches of parsley chopped




Saute the onion, garlic, thyme in the butter

Add the livers once the onion is translucent, cook until still pink in the middle.

Add the parsley

Add the port, stock

Cook a little bit of the alcohol off

Blend the pate, put into ramekins and cover with clarified butter


Gets better over several days




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