This pate is a little different due to the Asian flavors added. Thank you to the wonderful Hugh Carpenter who has some superb Asian-ized recipes which I adore!
It takes minutes to make this in a food processor and continues to improve in flavor if made a day or two in advance
Serves 8 to 10 as an appetizer
1/2 lb chicken or turkey livers
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
1 tbsp finely minced fresh ginger
2 shallots, chopped
2 large cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp oyster sauce
2 tsp dry mustard powder
1 heaped tsp grated or finely minced orange peel
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp sugar
1/3 tsp 5-spice powder
1/4 tsp Chinese chile sauce (optional)
3 oz cream cheese
2 tbsp Cognac
Sprigs of fresh herbs for garnish
Trim the fat and sinew from the livers and discard. Cut the livers in half.
In a 10 inch saute pan set over medium heat, melt 2 tbsp butter saute the shallots, ginger and garlic for about 30 seconds.
Add the livers, cover the pan and cook until the livers are no longer pink in the center, about 5 minutes.
Transfer the livers to a food processor fitted with a metal blade. Scrape all the pan juices into the processor as well then add oyster sauce, mustard powder, orange peel, salt, sugar, 5-spice and chile sauce.
Process until completely smooth.
Add the cream cheese to the food processor and blend briefly.
Add the remaining butter and blend until very smooth.
Add the Cognac and blend again briefly.
Transfer the puree to a 2- cups mold. Smooth the surface and cover with plastic wrap to the top doesn’t discolor.
Refrigerate for up to 1 week.
Garnish with fresh herbs and serve with either crackers or toasty bread