This is delicious served with drinks as tapas or as a starter.
|500 g||chicken livers — cleaned|
|1||garlic — cloves, minced|
|1||onion — finely chopped|
|1/4 cup||stock — chicken|
|1/4 cup||sherry — sweet|
|150 g||butter — melted|
|2||eggs — at room temperature|
|3||peppercorns — green, in brine, drained|
|1 cup||cranberries — frozen, defrosted|
|100 g||white sugar — granulated|
Preheat the oven to 140°C.
Place the chicken livers in a bowl, pour over the milk and allow to stand for 30 minutes. Drain off milk, discard and pat livers dry with paper towel.
Heat the butter in a pan, add the livers and sauté until pink. Remove livers from pan, then add the garlic and onion, and sauté until soft. Add the stock, sherry and bay leaves, bring to a simmer and allow to cook until reduced by half. Return livers to the pan, cook for a further minute, season. Remove bay leaves; allow mixture to cool a little.
Pour mixture into a bowl and blitz with a hand-held blender until smooth. Whisk together butter, eggs and cream, add to the bowl and blitz until combined. Pass mixture through a sieve and stir through peppercorns.
Line a greased loaf tin with baking paper; pour mixture into the tin, smooth with the back of a knife. Place loaf tin into a bain-marie (a deep roasting pan filled ¾ with hot water), place in the oven and bake for 30 minutes. Allow to cool. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
For the topping:
Place the cranberries, sugar, star anise and water in a pot, allow sugar to melt, remove and allow to cool.
Unmould pâté onto a platter, spoon over topping and serve with toasted raisin bread.