A great appetizer for New Year's Day and the Rose Bowl Parade. Serve with thinly sliced brown bread, rye crisp, crackers or chips.

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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • In a medium saucepan, combine water, chicken livers, and sliced onion. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and cover. Simmer for about 20 minutes, or until liver is cooked and tender. Remove from heat, drain, and discard onions. Also remove and discard any hard portions of the liver.

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  • Place cooked livers in a blender or food processor, and process until smooth. Add chopped onion, sherry, butter or margarine, salt, black pepper, and mace; pulse to blend. With hands lightly greased, form pate mixture into a mound, and place on a serving platter. Chill for 1 hour before serving.

Nutrition Facts

116 calories; 10 g total fat; 121 mg cholesterol; 135 mg sodium. 1.3 g carbohydrates; 5 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
04/08/2006
Good basic recipe. Easy but could use some illumination. First don't over cook the livers. When stabbed they should still be 'rosey' inside. Once livers are done drain and pick out onion. LET COOL. Trying to puree hot livers with the butter makes it soup. Puree the liver WELL. First you might need to scrape and then you'll see the "rolling ball" stage. Keep going. You'll read another "following" stage before done. Liver when tested should be smoothe like butter. I like to use 1/4 C shallots instead of onion for the final finish. Add the onion/shallot first and run the processor until you can't see any bits larger than a peppercorn via looking at the side of the clear processor bowl. Add softened butter but cut the butter into chunks for easer mising. Run for a but until no large chunks of butter. Then add sherry. Try not to use cheap grocery store cooking shery use a nice sherry it make a big difference. Mix to add sherry. I add about 1 to 2 Tbs of whole cream now and run for about 1 minute. Mixture will be nearly soupy. Pour into oiled bowl/mold. You'll need more than 1 hour to chill try 3 or 4 to set properly. Use a warm water bath for perfect unmolding. Enjoy! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
09/30/2007
This was my first time making pate. I think its a good basic receipe but it needs tweaking to make it great. Read More
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  • 4 star values: 8
  • 3 star values: 3
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Rating: 5 stars
04/08/2006
Good basic recipe. Easy but could use some illumination. First don't over cook the livers. When stabbed they should still be 'rosey' inside. Once livers are done drain and pick out onion. LET COOL. Trying to puree hot livers with the butter makes it soup. Puree the liver WELL. First you might need to scrape and then you'll see the "rolling ball" stage. Keep going. You'll read another "following" stage before done. Liver when tested should be smoothe like butter. I like to use 1/4 C shallots instead of onion for the final finish. Add the onion/shallot first and run the processor until you can't see any bits larger than a peppercorn via looking at the side of the clear processor bowl. Add softened butter but cut the butter into chunks for easer mising. Run for a but until no large chunks of butter. Then add sherry. Try not to use cheap grocery store cooking shery use a nice sherry it make a big difference. Mix to add sherry. I add about 1 to 2 Tbs of whole cream now and run for about 1 minute. Mixture will be nearly soupy. Pour into oiled bowl/mold. You'll need more than 1 hour to chill try 3 or 4 to set properly. Use a warm water bath for perfect unmolding. Enjoy! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/08/2006
Good basic recipe. Easy but could use some illumination. First don't over cook the livers. When stabbed they should still be 'rosey' inside. Once livers are done drain and pick out onion. LET COOL. Trying to puree hot livers with the butter makes it soup. Puree the liver WELL. First you might need to scrape and then you'll see the "rolling ball" stage. Keep going. You'll read another "following" stage before done. Liver when tested should be smoothe like butter. I like to use 1/4 C shallots instead of onion for the final finish. Add the onion/shallot first and run the processor until you can't see any bits larger than a peppercorn via looking at the side of the clear processor bowl. Add softened butter but cut the butter into chunks for easer mising. Run for a but until no large chunks of butter. Then add sherry. Try not to use cheap grocery store cooking shery use a nice sherry it make a big difference. Mix to add sherry. I add about 1 to 2 Tbs of whole cream now and run for about 1 minute. Mixture will be nearly soupy. Pour into oiled bowl/mold. You'll need more than 1 hour to chill try 3 or 4 to set properly. Use a warm water bath for perfect unmolding. Enjoy! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/13/2003
This is an excellent recipe. I boil the liver with the onions and a few cloves of garlic then puree it all up together and omit the raw onion. I also add a 1/2 cup of half and half a teaspoon of worcestershire sauce and a 1/2 teaspoon of allspice. Perfection! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/26/2006
I'm new to the world of pureed meats. First I made the recipe exactly as printed. Tasted it and then doubled the spices. Very nice... my mom said it's better than store bought! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/27/2003
This is an excellent recipe. I used it for Beef Wellington and it truly made the dish. Thank you for it its a keeper! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
09/30/2007
This was my first time making pate. I think its a good basic receipe but it needs tweaking to make it great. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/16/2003
Ah yes more snow in the forecast! Must type fast before my PC gets rid of me again. I normally don't eat red meat but again this is one of those exceptions. I developed a taste for liver pate when I was married to the "first husband". He was Jewish and his grandmother made the best chopped chicken livers. I did add more seasonings to this along with a chopped hard boiled egg and crispy bacon pieces. (thanks Darcy for the 411 on the onion) This was excellent William and I'll certainly be making this again! Has anyone tryed this with goose livers? Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/22/2010
Wonderful! I had to make this for the Beef Wellington but eating the leftovers the next day showed how wonderful it is. My hubby (who only like pate de foie gras) said it was outstanding -- not that normal strong chicken liver flavor. I left in some cooked onions while pureeing and added about 2 TBS more dry sherry (didn't have cooking sherry). Substituted mace for allspice and still fantastic. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/16/2003
Great recipe William. Thank you. I have never cooked with mace and am unsure of what it would add to this recipe. But I must say I added a teaspoon of garlic powder and this spread came out delightful. I served it with bagle chips. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/23/2006
I thought this recipe was easy and tastes great. Will be a hit at Christmas Eve party. Read More
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