A+ Liver Pate

liver pate

If you look at the diets of ancestral populations, you will find one commonality – they all prize and consume organ meats or offal.  The reason is simple – this is nature’s multi-vitamin.  Liver is rich in the nutrients that most modern diets lack - vitamins A, D, E, and K, vitamin B-12, folate, iron, and copper.  If there was a true super food, this would it be it, people. 

Feeling squeamish?  No worries – pate is the most appetizing and easiest way to get started with liver.  Unfortunately, most grocery stores are short on a clean option.  This recipe lays out a clean, delicious version, so that you can get that A+ rated diet.  Make sure to use a clean (organic and free-range) liver source if possible.  Enjoy!

Prep time: 5 min / Cook time: 15 min / Total time: 20 minutes (plus time to refrigerate)

Ingredients:

  • THIN SLICES BACON (American streaky), 5, chopped in cubes/lardons
  • GARLIC CLOVES, 2 minced
  • WHITE OR YELLOW ONION, 1 large roughly chopped
  • GRASS-FED BUTTER, ½ cup (113gm) divided (or sub ghee)
  • CHICKEN LIVERS (organic and free-range if possible), 1 lb/450gm
  • FRESH THYME, 1 sprig (or ½ tsp dried)
  • FRESH ROSEMARY, 1 sprig (or ½ tsp dried)
  • RED WINE, 1/3 cup (80ml) (or may sub water)
  • APPLE CIDER VINEGAR, 2 Tablespoons (30ml)
  • GROUND NUTMEG, ¼ teaspoon (1ml)
  • SALT AND PEPPER to taste
  • TO SERVE: fresh cut raw veggies such as cucumber, celery, carrots, bell peppers, and/or iceberg lettuce leaves

Directions:

  1. Heat a large pan to medium high heat and cook the bacon for about 3 minutes.
  2. Add the onion, garlic and 1/4 of a cup (half) of the butter and soften for another 3 or 4 minutes.
  3. Roughly chop the livers, just enough to cook through easily (optional).
  4. Add the livers, thyme, and rosemary to the pan and cook for 5-10 minutes, until livers are fully cooked.
  5. Remove fresh rosemary and thyme sprigs (if used).
  6. Turn heat to low and add the remaining ¼ cup butter, wine (or water), apple cider vinegar, nutmeg, salt, and pepper to taste.
  7. Cook another couple of minutes until combined and butter is melted.
  8. Remove from heat and pour mixture in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
  9. Pour the smooth mixture in a serving dish (smooth top evenly).
  10. Cover and put in the refrigerator to cool.
  11. Serve on raw veggies or wrapped in lettuce leaves.

Serves 12

1 serving = 117 calories, 15g fat, 8g protein, 2g carbs, 0.5g fiber

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