Homemade Chicken Liver Pâté made without alcohol, a delicious cold starter to feed a crowd. It has a smooth, creamy texture, and it goes very well with any kind of bread, crackers, breadsticks and more. It's an excellent appetizer for parties and gatherings, especially at Christmas and New Year.
Chicken liver might not be something that a lot of people enjoy. But apart from the endless list of vitamins and minerals that it contains, it is actually really tasty if cooked properly.
Grilling would probably be the first choice though. I remember when I was little (and very fussy), that chicken liver was one of the very few foods I was actually happy to eat.
Mum used to grill it and serve it with polenta and sour cream. Now, that is a proper feast, trust me! And cooked in a nice tomato sauce, it's so delicious, I have the right recipe for you: Romanian Chicken Liver with Onions and Polenta.
My recipe of liver pate is a bit different from the store-bought chicken liver pâté, but that's because it has no additives, and all the nastiness. I don't even want to know what actually goes into those ones.
- fresh chicken livers
- red onion - or yellow onion
- carrot - it balances well the livers
- full-fat cream cheese
- olive oil
- ground pepper
- freshly-chopped parsley
Step-by-step photos and instructions
My recipe of quick chicken liver pâté is without alcohol. Most of the store-bought versions would most certainly have alcohol added. I don't really drink alcohol, so, since you'd never find any bottle of any kind of alcohol in our house, I don't really buy any specially for cooking.
- To make the pâté, start by rinsing the livers in cold water, pat them dry with a kitchen paper, then heat up a grill pan and grill the livers on both sides until done, it might take around 7-10 minutes depending on the heat.
- In another pan, add the butter and oil, and sautee the onions and carrots until tender, then add the cooked livers, cream cheese, parsley and pepper.
- Use a hand blender or any blender you have to blitz the livers until you get a smooth paste. Transfer the pâté to 2 ramekins, top with melted butter and leave to cool.
How long do you keep chicken liver pâté in the fridge?
Now, storing the pâté is very important. I wouldn't leave it in the fridge for more than two days, and I would advise to consume it within a day once the butter seal is removed.
Sealing it with butter helps keep it fresh, so that's one step not to be skipped. I usually transfer the pâté to ramekins and cover them with clingfilm and then refrigerate.
Even if you buy ready-made ones, I think it's still better to transfer them to a different dish and not leave them into the can/package it comes with after you open it.
An excellent Christmas starter
With the holiday season not too far away now, this chicken liver pâté is perfect for your Christmas and New Year Eve party together with a nice smoked salmon pâté, Kipper Pate or Smoked Mackerel Pâté. Or, for a vegetarian option, my Mushroom Pate
Best to make it the night before and refrigerate, so you can then enjoy it cold the day after. The butter will then have plenty of time settle, and the pâté will taste just right. I have never tried to freeze it, not quite sure if that would be ideal though, it's one of those dishes I would rather have while it's fresh.
I did not use any strong herbs, but thyme, bay leaves or nutmeg would be a good choice. You might want to add a clove or garlic too, but I decided to keep it simple, but tasty. So, will you give it a go?
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Chicken Liver Pâté (No Alcohol)
- 350 g fresh chicken liver
- 1 red onion
- 1 carrot
- 3 tablespoon full-fat cream cheese
- 4 tablespoon butter
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
- 1 teaspoon freshly-chopped parsley
- Rinse the chicken livers with cold water, then gently pat dry with kitchen paper.
- Heat up a grilling pan and grill the livers on both sides for about 6-7 minutes or until cooked through. Chop roughly and set aside.
- Chop the onion and carrots, and add them to a pan together with the olive oil and one tablespoon of butter.
- Sautee for about 3 minutes until soft, then add the chopped chicken livers and stir continuously for 2 minutes.
- Add the cream cheese, ground pepper and half a teaspoon of parsley and stir to combine.
- Use a hand blender to blend until smooth.
- Transfer the chicken liver pâté to two ramekins, melt the remaining butter, then pour it over the pâté.
- Leave to cool, then cover with clingfilm and refrigerate. Serve cold, garnished with parsley.
- Click on the US Customary link to see the measurements displayed in cups and ounces.
- The servings can be adjusted by clicking the number next to Servings.
- Sealing it with butter helps keep it fresh, so that's one step not to be skipped. I usually transfer the pâté to ramekins and cover them with clingfilm and then refrigerate.