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Simple Duck Liver Parfait

Duck liver mousse or parfait is a classic of the French kitchen that has been adopted across the world. Why? Because it is quick to make and utterly delicious to eat. For a pre-dinner snack or as canapés at the grandest party, this simple pâté can excel in any situation.

The clue to the lightness and creaminess of this pâté is in the name. This is a mousse, not a course pate made from meat and offal, nor is it a terrine which endures long, slow cooking for a wholesome, chunky pâté (again using both meat and sometimes offal and nearly always wrapped in bacon or Pancetta to prevent it becoming dry).

It takes moments to assemble, then some time for chilling, but none of it takes much effort and you are rewarded with a delicious, light, creamy mousse, perfect for spreading on warm toast, your favourite crackers, or onto a sliver of sourdough.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cup washed and cleaned duck liver (500 grams)
  • 5 Tbsp duck fat
  • 1 cup chopped onion (1 large onion)
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • ½ tsp dried thyme
  • ½ tsp rosemary
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 2 dried juniper berries
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp lemon juice
  • Duck fat to cover the pate once in a glass jar

Method:

  1. Cut liver into one-inch pieces.
  2. Melt duck fat in a large skillet and add liver, onion, garlic, thyme, juniper and rosemary. Cook for six minutes. Make sure liver is completely cooked.
  3. Take away from the heat and add salt, lemon juice and black pepper.
  4. Transfer pate and mix it in food processor / blender until creamy. You will get two cups of fine pate.
  5. Fill clean, dry glass jars with pate and let it cool.
  6. Top pâté some duck fat, close the jars and keep in the fridge. Covered, lasts for four days.
  7. Serve with crispy toast or cracker.

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