Unleash Your Love for Chicken Liver with These Pâtés

By F&W Editors Posted December 15, 2015

Sautéed and served alone, chicken livers can be polarizing. But pureed into a creamy pâté with butter and seasonings, they’re undeniably delicious—even if you are squeamish about offal.

Here, seven incredible chicken liver pâtés are a breeze to whip up ahead of time for perfect holiday party hors d’oeuvres.

1. Chicken Liver Pâté with Pistachios

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This buttery, earthy pâté can be spread on crostini, stuffed into Cognac-poached prunes, or even shaped into small balls and deep-fried with sage leaves.

2. Chicken-Liver-Pâté Toasts

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This pâté gets extra flavor from anchovies and Marsala. Crème fraîche makes it incredibly silky.

3. Schmaltzy Pâté

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Schmaltz (rendered chicken fat) gives this pâté its incredible richness.

4. Chicken Liver Pâté with Green Peppercorns

Food & Wine: Chicken Liver Pate with Green Peppercorns

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The richness of this silky pâté is balanced by tart green peppercorns. It's even better made a day ahead.

5. Chicken-Liver Toasts with Shallot Jam

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Chefs Vinny Dotolo and Jon Shook spent a month perfecting their creamy chicken-liver mousse, topped with a jam of sweet sautéed shallots and balsamic vinegar.

6. Chicken-Liver Mousse with Pickled Red Onion

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This mousse is supremely light, with a lovely hint of apple from Calvados.

7. Chicken-Liver Crostini

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This is a simple, classic Florentine chicken-liver pâté, which can be prepared in a coarse or smooth style.

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