1 lb of chicken livers
2/3 cup thinly sliced onions (no more than 1 cup)
1 clove of garlic peeled and crushed
2 bay leaves
1 cup of water
2 tsp of salt
1 1/2 cups of butter softened (or just over 1 cup of ghee)
ground pepper
2 tsp of Cognac
Tomato skin, leek or scallion for decoration
1 envelope (or 1 Tbsp) of unflavored gelatine for aspic (in 1/4 cup of cold water)

  • Clean livers, discard blood, remove ligaments.
  • Place the livers, onions, garlic, bay leaves, water and 1 tsp of salt in a saucepan.
  • Bring to a boil, cover and cook at a bare simmer for 7 to 8 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat and let the mixture sit for 5 minutes.
  • Take out the solids and place them in a food processor.
  • Retrieve the bay leaves and discard them.
  • Reserve and strain the liquid; use a paper towel in the strainer. You can clarify it by cooking it with an egg white.
  • Process the liver adding the butter or ghee piece by piece.
  • Finally add the second teaspoon of salt, the pepper, and the Cognac.
  • Process for 2 more minutes or until the mixture is creamy and smooth.
  • Pour into a mold and decorate any way you want with tomato skin, leek or scallion.
  • Add the prepared gelatine to the reserved liquid.
  • Cover the decoration and let the pâté firm up in the refrigerator overnight.

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