Prep 10 mins
Cook 25 mins
A very good recipe for venison liver pâté from a book called "Game for All" by Nichola Fletcher (whose family owns a venison farm in Auchtermuchty, Scotland, from whom I have bought venison by mail order on several occasions). The recipe warns that the liver must be fresh, and that it must _not_ come from a rutting stag or from a hung carcase. What you want is a nice, mild, very fresh piece of liver - farmed venison is apparently best, but talk to your supplier for advice!
- 8 ounces venison liver, chopped into 3/4-inch cubes
- 3 ounces butter, chopped
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- 1 egg
- 3 ounces fine white breadcrumbs
- black pepper
- Put the liver, butter and vinegar into a small baking dish, and cover with buttered paper or foil.
- Braise at 350F (or 180C) for 25 minutes, stirring half-way through cooking.
- Meanwhile, crush the garlic into a food processor and add the egg, a pinch of salt and some black pepper.
- When the liver is brown all over but still pink inside, tip the contents of the baking dish into the food processor, then whizz until liquid.
- Add the breadcrumbs, then whizz again until smooth.
- Put into small dishes.
- Note - You can freeze this pâté, but after a while it may become a little dry. If this happens, simply pop it into the food processor after you have defrosted it, then add a little brandy or cream, and re-whizz.