04 April, 1996

Chicken Liver Pâté with Green Peppercorns | The Silver Palate Cookbook

Excellent flavor and texture makes this recipe a classic.


Chicken Liver Pâté with Green Peppercorns ingredients
Makes 2 cups (at least 8 portions)
6 Tbsp sweet butter
1/2 cup finely minced yellow onion
2 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
1 tsp dried thyme
1/2 cup celery tops
10 black peppercorns
2 bay leaves
6 cups water
1-lb chicken livers (video about cleaning)
2 Tbsp Cognac
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground allspice
5 tsp water-packed green peppercorns, drained
1/4 cup heavy cream

For serving
Baguette slices or

Chicken Liver Pâté with Green Peppercorns Directions
Melt the butter in a skillet. Add the onion, garlic and thyme, and cook, covered, over Medium heat until onion is tender and lightly colored, about twenty-five (25) minutes.

Meanwhile add celery tops, peppercorns and bay leaves to 6 cups water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil; then, reduce heat and simmer for ten (10) minutes.

Add chicken livers to water and simmer gently for about ten (10) minutes. Livers should still be slightly pink inside. Drain the livers; discard celery tops, bay leaves and peppercorns.

Place livers, butter, onion and garlic in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade. Add Cognac, salt, pepper, allspice and 4 tsp of the green peppercorns; process until smooth.

Pour in the cream and process again to blend. Transfer to a bowl and stir in remaining tsp of green peppercorns.

Scrape mixture into a 2-cup terrine, cover, and refrigerate for at least four (4) hours before serving.

Let stand at room temperature for thirty (30) minutes before serving with baguette slices or crackers.

Very slightly adapts Sheila Lukins and Julee RossoThe Silver Palate Cookbook - Delicious Recipes, Menus, Tips, Lore from Manhattan's Celebrated Gourmet Food Shop (Workman Publishing, 1982), 25.

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  1. I love this pate. Only recipe I use. Have you ever frozen it?

    1. Great question, but no, I have not.

      I'm making a note to ask dear friend who owned successful catering business for her advice because she "uses this recipe all the time."

      Will post her reply.

      Sorry for delay. I've been away from the blog since Thanksgiving and did not see your question until now.

      Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

    2. Hello again, Mother of Pearl. I contacted my friend. After starting her reply, "Ooh, I love that pâté!" she said she's never tried freezing this recipe.

      If you try freezing it, please let us know because we're both curious.

      Happy Spring!