Cognac is often used in duck liver pâté.
Duck liver pate is a mixture of duck liver, spices, onions, fats such as butter and cream, and sometimes liqueurs such as wine, brandy, or sherry. The ingredients are quickly cooked in a skillet and then ground in a food processor to form a paste or whipped paste. The duck liver pate recipe is very similar to the foie gras recipe, except the liver comes from duck instead of goose and is usually much cheaper. The resulting pâté can be used as a pâté for crackers or toasted bread, or it can be used in dishes such as Beef Wellington.
Duck liver pate resembles the foie gras recipe, except the liver comes from duck instead of goose.
The main ingredient in duck liver pâté is duck liver. Before use, the liver needs to be cleaned and possibly soaked. To clean the liver, all tissue, pieces of fat, gallbladder and other irregular sections must be removed. After that, the liver can be soaked in water or milk for several hours to remove some of the bitter and unpleasant taste.
Duck liver pate is often served as an aperitif.
There are several recipes for duck liver pâté, but they usually start by melting the butter in a skillet and frying diced onions until they are golden brown and the butter starts to brown a little. Duck fat is sometimes used in place of butter. Other ingredients – garlic, thyme, star anise, oregano or even bacon – can be placed in the skillet and fried to extract their flavor.
When the ingredients are cooked, add the liver and fry. It only takes a few minutes for the liver to cook completely. If using wine or other liqueur, it can be added to the pot and reduced with the liver. In the last minute of cooking, sour cream can be added to the mixture and reduced slightly.
The entire mixture is removed from the heat and placed in the food processor. Everything is then crushed to form a very fine paste. The more cream that is added, the lighter the end result. If a large amount of cream is used, the final duck liver pâté will have an almost mousse-like texture. The finished pâté is left to cool, after which it can be placed in a container and refrigerated for a few hours until it is set.
When served, duck liver pate can be spread on crackers, toast or vegetables. It can also be used in dishes that call for pâté or foie gras, such as Beef Wellington. Pâté should be used quickly, as it can only be kept for a few days in the refrigerator.