French Liver Pate

French Liver Pate

Sometimes I have a craving for Liverwurst. I have made the Pfälzer before, this one is different. It’s the French version with a shot of Cognac. It’s best to be eaten the next day


I am reluctant to pay deli prices, so I tried to recreate Leberwurst at home. You serve the Liver Pate with my French Baguette.

My mother’s Liverwurst (pictured) is the “Hausmacher” style, and the German version. Here is her Leberwurst recipe

My favorite mixer to mince meat is the Ninja Blender:

French Liver Pate

French Liver Pate
Category: Spread, Appetizer
Cuisine: French
Prep Time: 1 hour, 25 minutes

Cool and serve next day, so it will develop the flavor. Eat within 3 days. Another option is freezing or vacuum pack. Or fill in jars covered with bacon slices, so it keeps longer. Serve with toasted French Baguette


  • 1 lb Chicken liver, cleaned, de-skinned
  • 6 tbsp Cognac (or Brandy, Sherry cooking wine)
  • 3 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 1/2 medium onion
  • 1/3 cup Butter
  • Dash of Salt, Pepper
  • 1/2 cup of sour cream and cream cheese mixture (instead of Creme fraìche)
  • Toasted slices of French Baguette


  • Remove the skin of the Chicken liver, was in cold water and dry it with paper towel. Marinate for 1 hour in Cognac
  • Remove the small leaves of the thyme sprigs and chop them very small. Cut the half onion in very small cubes.
  • Heat half of the Butter in a pan and fry the onion until glazed and turn yellow. Add the the marinated (drip of liquid) chicken liver and the thyme. Combine and fry for 10 minutes at mid temperature. Stir occasionally. Add the rest of the Marinade, turn on high to bring it to boil, then turn off immediately. Let cool for 5 minutes.
  • Put the whole mixture in a blender (I use my Ninja Mixer). Add the rest of the Butter and Sour creme. Spice with salt and pepper to your taste. Let cool completely in bowl. The consistency would be like baby porridge, and it will harden some to make it spreadable.
  • Let cool in a bowl, then fill in containers. Cool overnight and eat next day, or within 3 days.
  • Another option is freezing or vacuum pack, or fill in jars with a slices of bacon on top up to keep longer.


Sherry cooking wine is easily found in stores and a great substitute. Decorate with a parsley, thyme or rosemary sprig and crushed peppercorns on top.

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