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Feb 10, 2014 04:39 PM

Freezing Chicken Liver Paté?

Here is the recipe I used, more or less adapted from the Guardian: I used brandy; cut back somewhat on salt, and added black pepper instead of allspice.


350g chicken livers, cleaned

175g butter, diced

1 shallot, finely chopped

1 tsp thyme leaves, finely chopped

75ml madeira
 (I used brandy)
75ml double cream

½ tsp salt

1 allspice berry, ground
 (I ground black pepper}
¼ tsp ground ginger

1. Cut the livers into roughly 1.5cm pieces, and heat a knob of butter in a frying pan over a medium heat. Add the shallot and thyme and soften, then turn up the heat to medium-high, add the livers and saute for a couple of minutes until browned on the outside but still pink inside. Tip into a food processor.

2. Add the madeira to the pan and boil until reduced to a couple of tablespoons. Tip into the food processor, add the cream, salt and spices and whizz until smooth. Add all but 75g of the butter, and whizz again. Taste for seasoning and adjust if necessary.
3. Pass through a sieve into a serving dish and chill for half an hour. Melt the remaining butter and pour on top, then refrigerate until set.

Sobeys sells prepackaged livers so I bumped everything up to 450g of livers and it tastes great. There is one good whack of paté there - far more than just the two of us can consume over a short time.

Does anyone see issues in freezing some given our recipe?

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  1. It will freeze well. I have made 40 oz of duck liver pate with a similar recipe and froze it in 8 oz portions in ramekins, with a little fat floated on top and saran. Keeps for a long time.

    4 Replies
    1. re: Veggo

      it should freeze well but I would smear it with a protective layer of schmaltz as veggo suggests (protects against freezer burn and all).

      I made a huge batch a few years ago and froze a few pints, the trouble was finding friends who wanted to share. I finally said "f___ it, I'll eat it myself" and it was fine. too much for one person, but fine.

      1. re: hill food

        I'm thinking of chicken liver pate to accompany Scubadoo97's homemade pastrami next month with Delucacheesemonger, because DCM is wimping out on his cole slaw. But that weasel will not get off scott free.

        1. re: Veggo

          sheesh Veggo: was that an excerpt from an unused track of Ice-T's circa 1988 the label deemed too squishy? (cue the Tom-Tom Club's instrumental for "Genius of Love")

          "watcha ya gonna do when ya get outa jail?"

          1. re: hill food

            DCM is a mad genius, and I say that as a true friend. He has way too easy a life. I plan to add a little misery to it.

    2. Being a high-fat creation, chopped liver freezes very well.
      Some supermarkets sell it frozen, others buy it frozen and portion into smaller containers once thawed.

      1. I make a very similar recipe that uses cream cheese instead of the cream. It freezes fine but has, as Julia Child said, a slightly 'damp' quality when defrosted. Still tasty though.

        1. Thank you all so much: we are now set for some time to come. As the recipe called for, a layer of butter was applied as suggested in posts here.