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Easiest Ever Modern Party Pâté

You won’t find a pâté easier to make than this sherry-laced version. You need only 4 ingredients plus seasonings and it takes a mere 15 minutes - but it tastes like it took hours. The modern touch – Szechuan peppers borrowed from Asian cuisines. Neither hot or pungent, they have a tingly citrus flavour. (If you don’t have them – no worries – the pâté will still be appealingly rich and creamy.) Serve in a white dish surrounded with homemade toast squares for spreading or bread sticks, or apple or pear slices for dipping. Sliced green onions or chives are the only garnish needed.
Serves: 10
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 20 min


1 lb chicken livers
½ cup unsalted butter
1 cup coarsely chopped shallots
1 tsp Szechuan peppers
½ tsp ground white pepper (optional)
½ tsp salt
¼ cup sherry, cognac or brandy

Food Safety

Before you start, wash all surfaces and your hands with soap and warm water, and remember to wash your hands, utensils and cutting boards after they touch raw meat or eggs. Avoid cross-contamination by using a different cutting board for your meat and other ingredients. Make sure you’re cooking to safe temperatures and chilling any leftovers within two hours. For more food safety tips, visit our Food Safety at Home Section.


  1. Clean chicken livers by separating into lobes, then trim off fat and connective tissue. Cut large livers in half.

  2. Melt butter in a large frying pan over medium-low heat. Add shallots and sprinkle with pepper, if using, and salt. Stir often to soften shallots, about 10 minutes. Increase heat to medium. Add livers and pour sherry overtop. Stir frequently until livers turn pale brown, about 5 minutes. They should still be pink inside.

  3. Turn entire mixture into a blender and puree until smooth. Turn into a serving dish. It can be served right away or covered and refrigerated up to 2 days.

Nutrition Info

Per 2 tbsp serving Amount
Protein9 g
Fat11 g
Saturated Fat6 g
Carbohydrate5 g
Sugar1 g
Cholesterol223 mg
Sodium154 mg
Per 2 tbsp serving % Daily Value
Vitamin A234
Vitamin C20
Vitamin B613
Vitamin B12392