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Chicken Liver Pate – Tuscan Crostini

Classic Tuscan crostini made with homemade chicken liver pate. A great festive treat made with parsley, sage, capers and garlic it’s packed full of flavour and perfect spread on crusty bread or added into pasta sauces.

You can buy chicken liver pate in supermarkets almost everywhere, especially in Italy where it’s very popular. But like most things in life, making your own at home is 10x better. You can adjust the flavours to your liking, it’s fresh and packed full of flavour.

Chicken liver pate spread on crusty bread on a blue plate

When I think of pate, I always think of this time of year. I absolutely love little nibbles and finger food, it’s one of the things I love about the festive period (lots of party food) and what Christmas spread would be complete without chicken liver pate to spread on crackers or crusty bread!?

Chicken liver pate is so popular in Italy and it’s what makes the classic Tuscan crostini, char-grilled crusty bread spread with good quality pate. It’s often served in bars as an ‘aperitivo’ with drinks and makes a great antipasto.

When I was growing up pate was always brought out at Christmas time and I always loved it. As I got older and discovered my love for cooking, I realised how easy it was to make your own homemade chicken liver pate and of course how much more delicious it was.

How To Make Chicken Liver Pate – Step By Step

I have to admit I get a bit squeamish when I’m dealing with livers. It’s not something I cook a lot and it’s only really at this time of year that I cook with them. I will admit I always put on gloves to clean the livers which doesn’t take long but it makes the handling of the livers much easier for me.

First, clean the livers by removing any green or yellow bits, wash and dry them well.

Roughly chop the livers and add them to a frying pan with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, chopped parsley and sage, capers, anchovies and a minced garlic clove.

Cook the mixture for 8-10 minutes on a medium heat then set aside to cool.

step by step photos on how to make chicken liver pate

Add the liver mixture to a food processor and add 1 tablespoon of vin santo with the motor running, continue to blitz the liver into a smooth paste.

Add the smooth pate back into the frying pan with cubes of butter and cook, stirring the livers and butter together until completely mixed together. The pate will need to heat through so it melts in with the butter (around 3 minutes).

Transfer the pate into a ramekin or serving dish and leave to cool before chilling in the fridge until firm.

Tip: If you’re planning on tipping the pate out of the dish or ramekin, make sure to line the dish with cling film first so you can remove it easily.

To Make Tuscan Crostini: 

  • Cut thick slices of good quality crusty bread. Drizzle each slice with a little olive oil and sprinkle with salt.
  • Place the bread on a hot griddle pan until charred on each side. Spread with homemade chicken liver pate and serve.

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a close up of chicken liver pate spread on crusty bread

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Chicken Liver Pate Recipe - Tuscan Crostini

Classic Tuscan crostini made with homemade chicken liver pate. A great festive treat made with parsley, sage, capers and garlic it's packed full of flavour and perfect spread on crostini or added into pasta sauces.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 10 people
Calories 939kcal
Author Emily Kemp

Ingredients

  • 10.5 oz (300g) chicken livers
  • 1 heaped tsp caper
  • 4 anchovy fillets
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 large handful parsley finely chopped
  • 8 sage leaves finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp vin santo (or marsala or sherry)
  • 3.5 oz (100g) butter

Instructions

  • First, clean the livers by removing any green or yellow bits, wash and dry them well.
  • Roughly chop the livers and add them to a frying pan with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, chopped parsley, sage, capers, anchovies and a minced garlic clove.
  • Cook the mixture for 5 minutes on a medium heat then set aside to cool.
  • Add the liver mixture to a food processor and add 1 tablespoon of vin santo with the motor running, continue to blitz the liver into a smooth paste.
  • Add the smooth pate back into the frying pan with cubes of butter and cook, stirring the pate and butter together until completely mixed together. The pate will need to heat through so it melts in with the butter (around 3 minutes).
  • Transfer the pate into a ramekin or serving dish and leave to cool before chilling in the fridge until firm. 

Notes

Tip: If you're planning on tipping the pate out of the dish or ramekin, make sure to line the dish with cling film first so you can remove it easily.
  • Cals per serving 93
To make Tuscan Crostini:
  • Cut thick slices of good quality crusty bread. Drizzle each slice with a little olive oil and sprinkle with salt. 
  • Place the bread on a hot griddle pan until charred on each side. Spread with homemade chicken liver pate and serve.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Chicken Liver Pate Recipe - Tuscan Crostini
Amount Per Serving
Calories 939
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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6 Comments

  • Reply
    Emily Grech
    October 4, 2018 at 4:07 pm

    Ciao, I am Emily as well. I am from Malta and I also love everything about Italy. Last year I visited beautiful Tuscany and every morning we had this liver pate for breakfast, really delicious.

    • Reply
      Inside the rustic kitchen
      October 4, 2018 at 6:46 pm

      Ciao Emily, Tuscany is so beautiful, especially in Autumn if you ever get a chance to visit at that time of year. I love this pate and it’s so easy to make. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  • Reply
    Kathryn Clayton
    November 24, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    Love the addition of capers and anchovies to the chicken livers. Going to try this next time I make pate.

  • Reply
    Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry
    November 24, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    I love chicken liver pate so this looks amazing to me. I also associate pate with this time of year.

  • Reply
    Amy
    November 24, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    I love love love chicken liver pate. My mum makes it a lot but now I’m at the other side of the world so I need to make it myself! Going to make this over the weekend, thanks!

  • Reply
    Laura
    November 24, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    I love liver pate, but unfortunately I am the only one in my home. It does not matter anyway, I can eat the entire ramekin. I normally use cognac and never added capers. It is a great idea, I will try to add them next time. Yum!

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