Duck Liver Pate

Duck Liver Pate

By: Ben O'Donoghue

A delicacy perfect for a platter or cheese board or simply as a midday snack with fresh bread


  • 500g duck livers (or chicken if you can’t find)
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1x large garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 2x French shallot (eschalot), finely chopped
  • 2x thyme stalks
  • 30ml brandy
  • 30ml port
  • 30ml Madeira
  • 125ml chilled cream
  • 200g clarified butter, at room temperature


  1. Melt the 2 tablespoons of butter in a frying pan over high heat until the foam subsides, then add the shallots and sauté for 30 seconds, or until they just start to soften.
  2. Add the liver, marjoram and thyme and season with salt and pepper. Continue to sauté until the liver colours on the outside and just turns pink in the middle, about 90 seconds.
  3. Add all the alcohols to the pan and toss a few more times, then remove to a bowl and refrigerate to cool. Remove the thyme and add the vinegar.
  4. When the liver is cool, transfer to a food processor and process to a purée. Slowly pour in the cream and stir until the mixture is smooth. Adjust the seasoning.
  5. Transfer to four 125 ml (1/2 cup) ramekins.
  6. Melt the clarified butter, allow to cool, then pour over the top of each pâté and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or until the butter has set.
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