Did you know that liver can be considered a superfood? It may not be a leafy green or wild berry, but liver is one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet. So, if you’ve been wondering if liver is good for you, the simple answer is absolutely!
The thought of eating liver may not be so appealing to you, but that’s because you’ve never tried my chicken liver pate. It’s a quick and easy recipe I make at home all the time. And it really tastes amazing, especially when you pair it with a gluten-free crostini, sourdough bread, cucumber slices or even fermented vegetables.
So if you’re open-minded and adventurous enough to try eating liver, blend up this chicken liver pate. And did I mention that it’s completely gluten-free and can be considered a keto diet recipe? Give it a try and let me know what you think!
How Do You Eat Pate?
If you’re hesitant about trying chicken liver pate, or any type of pate for that matter, keep it mind that its accompaniments can make for a much more enjoyable experience. Pate is rich in flavor and may even be described as gamey, so it works best when it’s spread on a gluten-free crostini or sourdough bread. A crusty, crunchy piece of bread goes perfectly with pate because of the textural contrast of the two foods.
I also love pairing my pate with fermented vegetables, like pickles or pickled red cabbage. The acidity and crunchy texture of these veggies go well with the spreadable pate.
And, of course, pate tastes better with some butter, which is why I like to add grass-fed butter as a top layer of my chicken liver pate. I also add rosemary, thyme, garlic and shallots when preparing my chicken liver pate to give it a more well-rounded and pleasing taste.
Did you know that thyme belongs to the mint family? It contains thymol, which gives it antiseptic properties and makes thyme a popular ingredient in mouth washes and hand sanitizers. It has a subtle minty flavor and pairs well with meat dishes.
And I chose to use shallots in my chicken liver pate recipe because it adds a sweet and pungent flavor to the mix. Shallots are part of the onion family, and they are considered an important plant in medicinal Indian practices, like Ayurvedic medicine.
With the right combination of ingredients and accompaniments, you will be surprised how much you enjoy the taste of chicken liver pate. It’s rich in flavor and makes for the perfect appetizer or lighter meal.
- 109 calories
- 10 grams protein
- 7 grams fat
- 1 gram carbohydrates
- 0.1 grams fiber
- 0.2 grams sugar
- 9 micrograms vitamin B12 (392 percent DV)
- 6,422 IUs vitamin A (275 percent DV)
- 1 milligram vitamin B2 (92 percent DV)
- 335 micrograms folate (84 percent DV)
- 3.5 milligrams vitamin B5 (71 percent DV)
- 31 micrograms selenium (57 percent DV)
- 5.5 milligrams vitamin B3 (40 percent DV)
- 0.5 milligrams vitamin B6 (39 percent DV)
- 0.2 milligrams copper (32 percent DV)
- 5 milligrams iron (29 percent DV)
- 173 milligrams phosphorus (25 percent DV)
- 1.5 milligrams zinc (19 percent DV)
- 0.17 milligrams vitamin B1 (16 percent DV)
- 10 milligrams vitamin C (15 percent DV)
- 0.17 milligrams manganese (10 percent DV)
- 75 milligrams sodium (5 percent DV)
- 12 milligrams magnesium (4 percent DV)
How to Make Chicken Liver Pate
To begin making your chicken live pate, chop three cloves of garlic and one shallot.
Next, chop one sprig of rosemary …
and one sprig of thyme.
Now your ingredients are ready to go. Take out a medium-sized saucepan and add in your chopped garlic, shallots, rosemary and thyme, plus a teaspoon each of salt and pepper.
You’ll also want to add 3 tablespoons of butter. I prefer using grass-fed butter because it’s richer in fatty acids and fat-soluble vitamins.
Sauté this mixture for about 5 minutes and then get ready to add in 1 pound of chicken livers.
Cook the chicken livers until the pink disappears. This should take about 15 minutes. Use a spatula to flip and stir the livers so every side is cooked evenly.
Next, add all of the ingredients from your saucepan to a food processor and blend them until they’re smooth.
Then spoon your chicken liver pate into a dish and spread it out evenly. You have the option to melt 3 tablespoons of butter on top fo your pate too.
Before you dive in, chill your pate in the refrigerator for 1–2 hours.
I love spreading this healthy and delicious pate on a gluten-free crostini with fermented vegetables or fruit and veggie spreads. Enjoy!
2 hours 25 minutes
- 3 tablespoons butter + 3 tablespoons butter, melted for topping (optional)
- 1 pound chicken livers
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1 shallot, chopped
- 1 sprig of rosemary
- 1 sprig of thyme
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- In a saucepan over medium heat, combine 3 tablespoons butter, garlic, shallots, rosemary, thyme, salt and pepper, sautéing for about 5 minutes.
- Add chicken livers and cook until pink disappears (about 15 minutes).
- Add all ingredients to a food processor and blend until smooth.
- Spread liver pate into a dish and top with melted butter.
- Chill in fridge for 1-2 hours.
- Serve on a gluten-free crostini with your favorite toppings.