100 Year Old Pate

2 lb chicken livers
1/2 lb bacon cooked crisp and crumbled
1 cup chicken stock (preferred) or bouillon
1 large white or yellow onion cut into 8th; ‘s
2 stalks celery with tops cut into sections
1/4 bell pepper
1 clove garlic peeled & sliced
1 teaspoon heaping thyme
1/4 teaspoon sage
1 pinch rosemary
1 small bay leaf
1 crushed peppercorns to taste
1 salt to taste (none with bouillon)
1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
1 dry white wine or for change try dry sherry
1/2 lb sweet cream butter (adjust salt if; salted butter is used)

In sauce pan, combine livers, stock, spices, garlic, celery, onion, pepper & salt. Add enough wine to just cover ingredients and bring to boiling point. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for about 1/2 hour.

When done, place contents in the colander. Reserve the wine broth and allow it to stand and cool. Discard the bay leaf from the contents in the colander and allow remainder to cool for 1/2 hour.

Gently ladle off the wine broth until the liquid containing the sediment equals 2/3 cup. Save the clear broth in case you need more. Be sure to catch all the sediment because it is an important part of the recipe.

In your food processor; combine the contents of the colander, sediment broth, butter, mustard and 1/2 of the crumbled bacon. Process until the mixture is a smooth, soupy puree. Fold in remaining bacon and pour into final mold. If it is too thick to pour, you need to add more broth. Allow pate to set in refrigerator for at least 24 hours.

Unmold, lightly sprinkle with cracked peppercorns and garnish with sliced olives and parsley.

Beckie’s Note: I read on the internet this recipe is a French farm recipe reported to be over 100 years old. Can’t help but wonder if they had food processors back then? Or dijon mustard?

Paderno World Cuisine 11.875 by 3.125 Inch Non-Stick Pate Mold with Removable Bottom

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