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Under 30 Minutes

Under 30 Minutes

Chicken Liver Pate

Reader Maya Parada in Brooklyn, New York, shares her secret for adding sweetness to this pate: grated carrot. Serve the pate as an appetizer, or spread on sandwiches for rich flavor.

  • prep: 30 mins
    total time: 30 mins
  • yield: Makes 2 1/2 cups




  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced medium
  • 1 large carrot, grated on the large holes of a box grater
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, leaves
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 pound chicken livers, rinsed and trimmed
  • Toasts or crackers, for serving

Cook's Note

To store, press plastic wrap directly on surface and refrigerate, up to 2 days.


  1. Step 1

    In a large skillet, heat 1 1/2 teaspoons butter and 1 tablespoon oil over medium. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden, 10 minutes. Add carrot, thyme, and cayenne and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until carrot is tender, 5 minutes. (If mixture is dry or begins to overbrown, add up to 2 tablespoons water.) Transfer mixture to a food processor.

  2. Step 2

    Return skillet to medium-high and add remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons butter and remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Pat livers dry with paper towels. Season livers with salt and pepper and add to skillet. Cook until golden brown on all sides and cooked through, 6 minutes. Transfer livers to processor and pulse, scraping down sides as needed, until mixture is mostly smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper and let cool. Transfer pate to a small bowl and serve at room temperature with toasts or crackers.

Everyday Food, December 2010



Reviews (1)

  • 23 Apr, 2011

    Yuck! Made this for passover and what a mistake. Although the flavor did taste like the chopped liver from a box, it had a really awful gummy taste that left like a film on your tongue. disappointing recipes that I will not be making again. the only pro was that the ingredeints were cheap so i didn't feel bad throwing this out and not serving it.