Quick Beef Liver Pâté

Serves 20 at 2 1/2 tablespoons per person. We’ll be serving this at our October, 2019 Commit to Change retreat in Townshend, Vt.

  • 2 lbs. 100 percent grass-fed beef or lamb
  • 2 slices thick-cut bacon from pastured and organically fed pigs.
  • 4 shallots, finely chopped
  • 3 teaspoon finely chopped fresh thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 garlic clove
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 8 ounces butter or ghee
  • 2 tablespoons chopped unsalted dry-roasted pistachios (optional)

Cook bacon in a small skillet over medium heat until crisp; remove bacon from pan, reserving 3 tablespoon drippings in pan. Remove bacon and chop finely. Set aside
Heat ghee or butter in a heavy sauce pan. Add shallots, thyme, salt, pepper and garlic and heat until the shallots are soft. Add the bacon drippings and bacon. Remove pan from heat.
Cook liver: Heat the reserved 3 tablespoons fat and the quickly sear the liver, leaving some pink —do not overcook. Remove from heat.
Place shallot mixture, cream cheese and liver in a food processor and process until smooth. Place in a small bowl. Chill for 2 hours. Serve with pickled onions (onions are great for the prostate!):

  • 1 bunch scallions, roots trimmed and whites cut into 2½-inch lengths. (You want 12 pieces.)
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup rice vinegar—do not use the seasoned kind
  • 1 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Heat water, vinegar, salt and honey in a small pot. As soon as it begins to simmer,  add the green onions and remove from the heat. After 5 minutes, remove from the liquid, place on top of the liver and serve.

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