I know a lot of the Doristas approached this week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe with much trepidation. Chicken liver “gâteaux” with pickled onions ( p 190) – ew – that’s liver, right?
Well I was actually ok with this one. If you are a long-time blog reader you might remember that Neil and I spent 2011 working our way though Michael Ruhlman’s Charcuterie with the Charcutepalooza folks. And oh, there was liver. Twice.
To be honest, liver is not my favourite thing to prepare (it’s kinda squidgey) but I do like a little pâté once in a while. This one of Dorie’s is more like a mousse than a pâté and it lovely and light, making it seem less rich that it is. Cos, you know, it’s got eggs, milk, cream, some herbs and Cognac in it. Oh, and liver. And basically you just whiz all that up in a food processor and pour the liquid into ramekins and bake it until it’s set on the top.
They look so innocent, like little cakes, no?
Until you look at the glass ramekins from the side. They’re kinda pink…
To serve alongside, Dorie recommends quick pickled onions. These were also super fast to make.
Neither Neil not I were fans of these. When one is eating pâté, I am of the opinion that one needs cornichons. So these onions were just, ok, you know?
But the pâté? Well, I’ll admit I had only a tiny taste of this (coming off stomach flu, I didn’t think the wisest choice for a first meal was rich liver) but I really liked it. It’s the kind of pâté I would seek out because it’s light. And so tasty.
Two of our neighbours scored a ramekin each as I was wandering around taking photos outside. One ramekin came back with an invite to a risotto dinner and the other one came back filled with chocolate. I
think know they liked it!
As for Mr Neil? Well this plate is right up his alley (well maybe minus the onions and adding in some cornichons) and I know he enjoyed this both nights I served it for dinner to him. Would I make this again? Absolutely. I’d serve it to guests too because it’s one of those dishes that people will be like “Wow – you made this yourself?” and they never have to know how easy it is.
Oh, and to the person who commented that my pâté looked like Fancy Feast on Instagram, sure, you’re entitled to think that but I’ll have you know that the Fancy Feast eater in this house, Cleo, had no interest in this and, in fact, turned her large Burmese nose up at this. Clearly nothing like Fancy Feast.
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