less than 30 mins
no cooking required
This starter is simple and quick to make and is absolutely delicious on toast with a spot of spicy chutney.
Heat a heavy-based frying pan over a medium heat. Pour a little of the melted butter into the hot pan, add half the chicken livers and cook for three minutes. The livers should be cooked on the outside and pink in the middle. Transfer them to a plate and repeat with the rest of the livers.
Transfer the chicken livers to a food processor and blend them for a minute or so until smooth. Then pour in the remaining melted butter and double cream and blend once more. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper and then stir in the Armagnac.
Transfer the pâté to eight small ramekins, cover with cling film and chill.
When you are ready to serve, uncover the pâtés and garnish with dried cranberries and fresh bay leaves to give them a festive feel. Serve with hot toast and spicy chutney.
Chilled Amontillado sherry or Oloroso sherry
By Mike Robinson