If you've reached a point in your life where you are having a cocktail party, and where ice is in abundance and no beer pong table exists, then it's time to serve some grownup appetizers too! So no macaroni, and no mini sliders (although both are delicious in their place), and certainly no corn dogs. Redneck parties are designed for all of these delicacies. In other words, don't expect your lady guests to shave their legs and put on hose and lipstick, and your male guests to shave their face and wear something other than a logoed T Shirt from a beer case unless you intend to impress them with your newly found adult culinary skills.
I've always said that food and entertaining are all about smoke and mirrors, and this recipe is a true example of that ideology. Your guests will suck in their cheeks with amazement when you tell them that you made your own pate. But really, this is a budget friendly version with more flavour than any pate you've ever tried. Save for the Pate de Foie Gras. That's the real thing using duck liver. It is off the charts amazing, and if you've just won a lottery, and you can serve that, skip over this recipe and send me a cheque in the mail. But just remember that we're having more fun over here with the chicken liver variety!
8-10 ounces of chicken livers. If you use frozen, make sure they're thawed, but fresh is better
3/4 cup of chicken broth, again, your own homemade is best, but canned will do
1 finely chopped scallion
2 minced cloves of garlic
3 sprigs of fresh thyme
4 slices of bacon fried crisp and crumbled
1/4 cup room temperature butter
1 tablespoon of Dijon
1 tsp of peppercorns. I like the ones with pink in them, but black will be fine too
A small splash of brandy
Simmer your chicken livers, broth, scallion, garlic, thyme and peppercorns for about 15 minutes on med-low heat. Drain and keep 1/2 cup of the liquid.
Process this with the bacon, butter and Dijon in a processor until smooth and creamy. Add your reserved liquid as necessary. Add the brandy. For God sake, don't use too much or that's all you'll taste. You just need a nip or two here. No more than a couple of tablespoons or so.
Taste it and add salt or pepper if you think you need it.
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