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RECIPE: Prosciutto and Fig Appetizer Wraps

Our earlier tip for prosciutto and peaches reminded us of this recipe, an appetizer for prosciutto, figs and Brie.

Per La Tortilla Factory, which provided the recipe, it’s a classic Sonoma County combination, enjoyed as an hors d’oeuvre or a snack. We like them with a beer or a glass of wine.

La Tortilla Factory makes these pinwheel sandwiches with their Multigrain Extra Virgin Olive Oil SoftWrap, a tortilla that’s 9.5 inches in diameter and, as the name indicates, is softer and more pliable than a standard wrap.

SoftWraps are also available in Traditional and Tomato Basil. Depending on the flavor, one tortilla delivers 8-9g protein and 48%-52% DV of fiber—about 52% of your recommended daily intake of fiber. What we especially like is that each wrap has only 100 calories.

  • Of course, you can substitute other wraps.
  • Instead of slicing into appetizer bites, you can slice it in half for a sandwich.
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    Fun yet sophisticated snacks with wine or beer. Photo courtesy La Tortilla Factory.

  • If figs are out of season, substitute thinly sliced apple, pear or even dried cranberries.
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    Prep time is 5 minutes, plus 2 hours of chilling time.
     
    RECIPE: PROSCIUTTO & FIG APPETIZER WRAPS

    Ingredients For 2 Servings

  • 1 multigrain tortilla wrap
  • 2 ounces Brie cheese
  • 2 thin slices prosciutto
  • 1 fresh fig, sliced
  • 1 ounce spring mix baby lettuce
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    Prepration

    1. PLACE tortilla on a flat work surface. Warm Brie in microwave 10-20 seconds to soften.

    2. SPREAD Brie over entire tortilla. Top with prosciutto, fig and lettuce. Roll tightly. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate 2-3 hours.

    3. REMOVE plastic wrap and slice into 1-inch pieces. Serve with wine or beer.

      

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    TIP OF THE DAY: Prosciutto & Peaches

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    Peaches with prosciutto and a drizzle of
    balsamic, from Briscola by Charlie Palmer in
    Reno’s Grand Sierra Resort.

     

    Juicy summer peaches beg to be enjoyed in as many ways as possible. For a delicious first course or a dessert, pair them with prosciutto and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar—an update to the classic melon or figs with prosciutto.

    To amp up the first course, add fresh chèvre and some lightly dressed mesclun.

    You can also replace the prosciutto with serrano ham. Here’s the difference.

    Serve the dish with prosciutto-friendly Italian white wines such as Italian Moscato, Pinot Grigio or Prosecco; or look northward and grab an Alsatian-style Pinot Gris, Gewürtztraminer or Riesling.

    WHAT IS PROSCIUTTO

    Prosciutto is the Italian word for ham; specifically a dry-cured, uncooked ham that is aged for 400 days or longer. It originated in the hills around Parma, Italy.

     

     

    The pigs are fed a special diet of whey and grains, and the hams are trimmed and massaged with natural sea salt before aging. Prosciutto is served in thin slices, showing off rosy-colored meat with a pearl-white marbling of fat.

    Prosciutto di Parma, called Parma ham in English, is made from only two ingredients—pork leg and sea salt. What makes a great prosciutto is the artisan curing that creates prosciutto crudo (raw prosciutto, distinguished from cooked ham, or prosciutto cotto).

    The pork leg is carefully hand-rubbed with salt. It then passes through a series of curing rooms of different temperatures and humidity levels.

    Prosciutto made in the Parma and Langhirano areas of Italy’s Emilia-Romagna province is D.O.P.-protected by the European Union (in English, it’s D.P.O. or Domaine of Protected Origin). Prosciutto from other cities is also D.O.P. protected, but Prosciutto di Parma is the most famous export.

    Prosciutto-style products are made elsewhere in the world. La Quercia, in Iowa, is a fine domestic producer.

     

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    American-made prosciutto from LaQuercia in Iowa. Photo courtesy Murray’s Cheese.

     

    MORE WAYS TO ENJOY PROSCIUTTO

    Prosciutto is served plain as part of an antipasto or appetizer plate. In Italy, restaurants serve prosciutto in overlapping folded-over slices with bread or bread sticks as an appetizer, or wrapped around melon slices, with dates, figs or pears.

    The ham is incorporated into many recipes: wrapped around chicken, rolled with veal scallopini and diced into pasta and risotto. Find recipes at ParmaHam.com.

    But if you want to enjoy it as an Italian ham sandwich—on crusty baguette-style bread with arugula, tomatoes, mozzarella or provolone and a sprinkle of vinagrette—we think it’s an improvement on the American version.

    A drizzle of honey or some honey mustard also works.

      

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    RECIPE: Bacon Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms

    Another way to enjoy bacon: stuffed into mushrooms. Photo courtesy Dietz & Watson.

     

    When we saw this recipe for Gourmet Bacon Stuffed Portabella Mushrooms from Dietz & Watson, it seemed like a companion recipe to these Mushroom Stuffed Bacon Cheeseburgers.

    You can make them as a first course or as hors d’oeuvre.

    RECIPE: BACON-STUFFED PORTABELLA MUSHROOMS

    Ingredients For 6 Servings

  • 6 large portabella mushrooms or 18 Baby Bellas, cleaned
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 5-ounce package baby spinach, chopped
  • ¾ cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 ounces Gruyère cheese, grated (1/2 cup)
  • 2 ounces mozzarella, grated (1/2 cup)
  • 1 pound bacon, diced small
  • Salt and pepper to taste
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    Preparation

    1. PREHEAT oven to 375°F.

    2. REMOVE stems from the mushroom caps, finely chop and reserve.

    3. COAT a baking sheet with oil. Bake the mushroom caps, stem-side down, until just tender, 10 to 12 minutes. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a medium skillet over medium heat.

    4. ADD the bacon and cook until crisp. Add the garlic and onion, stirring often, until tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the chopped mushroom steams and cook until the pan is dry, about 3 minutes. Add the spinach, toss the skillet, until spinach is wilted, 2 to 3 minutes.

    5. TRANSFER the spinach mixture to a medium bowl, add the breadcrumbs and cheese and mix to combine. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

    6. TURN the mushroom caps stem-side up, fill with the stuffing and bake until golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes.

    Find more recipes at DietzAndWatson.com.

     

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    Crumble bacon into mushroom caps. Photo courtesy iGourmet.

     

      

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    TIP OF THE DAY: Savory Parmesan & Garlic Doughnuts

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    Serve savory Parmesan-garlic doughnuts
    with cocktails or beer. Photo courtesy Elegant
    Affairs Caterers | NYC.

     

    It’s National Donut (or Doughnut) Day, and your chance to do something you’ve probably never done before: make savory Garlic Parmesan Donuts.

    They’re delicious with wine, beer or cocktails, and the recipe is easy! It’s from caterer Andrea Correale, founder of Elegant Affairs Caterers in New York City.

    The donuts require very little prep time and are served with purchased or homemade tzatziki, fresh pico de gallo salsa, and/or a spicy Thai cucumber relish.

    RECIPE: GARLIC PARMESAN DOUGHNUTS WITH DIPPING SAUCES

    Ingredients For 6 Doughnuts

  • 1 cup rolled oats, ground into oat flour in blender or food processor
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • A pinch of savory seasoning blend*
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 clove crushed garlic
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon fresh herbs, chopped (rosemary and thyme work well)
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    *You can purchase savory seasoning blend or make your own. Here’s a recipe from McCormick: Combine 1-1/2 teaspoons oregano, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon paprika, 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper. Store in an airtight container.

    Preparation
     
    1. PREHEAT oven to 350°F and grease the doughnut pan. Combine oat flour, baking powder, salt and savory seasoning in a bowl.

    2. WHISK together the butter, egg, buttermilk and garlic in a separate bowl. Slowly add liquid mixture to dry ingredients and stir to combine. It will be lumpy. Gently fold in herbs and cheese.

    3. SPOON the batter into the doughnut pan, filling it almost to top (leave about a 1/8″ space).

    4. BAKE 10 minutes. Remove from oven and allow cooling for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

    5. SERVE donuts with tzatziki (Greek yogurt dip), fresh pico de gallo salsa (recipe below), and/or a spicy Thai cucumber relish (recipe below).

     

    RECIPE: PICO DE GALLO

    Ingredients

    Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups seeded, diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 1 tablespoon diced green jalapeño
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro
  • Salt and pepper to taste
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    Preparation

    1. CHOP vegetables as finely as possible.

    2. COMBINE ingredients in a bowl; season to taste. Refrigerate for an hour or more to allow flavors to blend.

     

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    Serve with a choice of dipping sauces. Photo courtesy Elegant Affairs Caterers | NYC.

     

    RECIPE: SPICY THAI CUCUMBER RELISH

    Ingredients

  • 1 large Japanese cucumber†, peeled, halved and thinly slices
  • 2 shallots, thinly sliced
  • 1 small Thai chile or serrano chile, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons palm sugar or brown sugar
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    †The Japanese cucumber is a long, slender, dark green fruit that has few seeds. If you can’t find one, substitute another variety with few or no seeds.
     

    Preparation

    1. PLACE cucumber, shallot and chile slices in a small bowl.

    2. HEAT the vinegar, sugar and salt in a small saucepan, stirring, until the mixture reaches a boil and the sugar is dissolved, about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat, cool to room temperature, and then pour over cucumber mixture.

    3. GARNISH with cilantro leaves and set aside until ready to use.

      

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    TIP OF THE DAY: Make Gougères, An Elegant Hors d’Oeuvre

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    Fragrant, warm and irresistible. Photo
    courtesy Chef Aida Mollenkamp.

     

    Gougères (goo-ZHAIR) are airy French cheese puffs, savory choux pastry that is mixed with grated cheese and baked.

    The cheese is most often a hearty Swiss mountain cheese: Gruyère, Comté or Emmentaler and a hint of nutmeg is added to the recipe. Served warm from the oven, gougères are simple yet elegant hors d’oeuvres—a perfect choice to serve with Champagne, other sparkling wine, or any wine or craft beer.

    In fact, we received the recipe below from Moet et Chandon, courtesy of Cooking Channel’s Aida Mollenkamp.

    There are many variants of the recipe, from plain cheese to mix-ins. Here, Chef Mollenkamp adds pancetta and fresh thyme, and opts for a mix of Italian Parmigiano-Reggiano and Fontina cheeses instead of one of the Swiss cheeses.

    Prep time is 15 minutes, total time is 50 minutes. And it’s worth it! You may want to double the recipe in case your crowd clamors for more. (You can freeze any extra dough.)

     

    PANCETTA, THYME & FONTINA GOUGÈRES

    Ingredients For 32 Cheese Puffs

  • 4 ounces pancetta, cut into small dice
  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon milk or water
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 5 large eggs plus 1 yolk, at room temperature
  • 3 ounces shredded Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 3 ounces shredded Fontina cheese
  • 1 tablespoon thyme leaves
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    Preparation

    1. HEAT oven to 375°F and arrange racks in the upper and lower third. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats and set aside. Line a plate with paper towels and set aside.

    2. PLACE pancetta in a medium nonstick frying pan and cook until crisp. Remove pancetta to paper towel-lined plate and set aside to drain. Meanwhile…

    3. COMBINE 1 cup of the milk or water with the butter and salt in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, dump in all the flour, and stir vigorously until flour is incorporated. Cook, stirring constantly, until dough comes together in a ball and feels dry to the touch, about 2 minutes.

    4. TRANSFER dough to a food processor fitted with a blade or a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Pulse or beat in five of the eggs, one by one, letting each egg completely incorporate before adding the next. Reserve 3 tablespoons of the Parmigiano cheese then add pancetta, remaining cheese, and thyme; pulse or mix on low until thoroughly incorporated.

     

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    The versatile Swiss cheese Gruyère, named after the Swiss town of Gruyères. Photo courtesy Emmi Roth USA.

     

    5. DROP tablespoon-size portions of dough on the prepared baking sheets, spacing them at least 1/2 inch apart. Whisk remaining egg yolk with the remaining 1 tablespoon milk and brush tops of cheese puffs then evenly sprinkle reserved Parmesan cheese over top.

    6. PLACE in oven and bake, rotating halfway through, until puffed and golden brown, about 30 to 35 minutes. Serve hot, warm, or at room temperature. (Can be made up to 4 days ahead. Store, covered, at room temperature.)

    TIP: Freeze the pancetta for 5 to 10 minutes to facilitate dicing. If you can’t find pancetta, use Canadian bacon or cooked ham instead (don’t crisp it in the pan, though).
     
    MORE GOUGÈRES

    Here’s a classic gougères recipe with Gruyere and nutmeg.

    Goat cheese fans: Substitute a semi-hard chèvre.

      

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    RECIPE: Green Olive Tapenade

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    Tapenade is an easy-to-make appetizer or
    snack that complements beer, cocktails and
    wine. Photo courtesy Pompeian.

     

    It couldn’t be easier to make the popular Mediterranean olive spread, tapenade (at least in these modern days of food processors). You can use any type of olive, from mild to pungent; black, green or a mix.

    Here’s a recipe for green olive tapenade (pronounced TAH-pen-odd), often served with with crusty bread. It has a lovely balance of tangy green olive, subtle garlic, thyme and briny flavors that keep you coming back for more.

    And it’s just great with cocktails, wine and beer.

    This recipe is courtesy Pompeian, which uses their Classic Pure Olive Oil in the recipe.

    RECIPE: GREEN OLIVE TAPENADE

    Ingredients

  • 2 cups pitted green olives
  • 2 peeled cloves garlic
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • Thin-sliced baguette, toasts, crudités or other dippers
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    Preparation

    1. PULSE olives, garlic and thyme together in a food processor until roughly chopped. With machine running….

    2. DRIZZLE in olive oil until a thick paste forms.

    3. SERVE with baguette slices, toast or crudités.

     
    We often bring tapenade as a house gift, so make a double batch.

      

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    RECIPE: Brie & Beet Bruschetta

    More purple passion: beets with Brie on
    bruschetta. Photo and recipe courtesy
    LoveBeets.com.

     

    This appetizer or first course pairs with your favorite wine: red, white or sparkling. And beer, too, of course.

    Or, serve the bruschetta with the salad course. Prep time is 5 minutes, cooking time is 10 minutes.

    RECIPE: BRIE & BEET BRUSCHETTA

    Ingredients For 2 Servings

  • 4 slices thick cut rustic bread
  • 2 cloves garlic, flattened and cut in half
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 16 ounces pickled whole beets*, cut into thick wedges
  • 7 ounces Brie, cut into slices
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
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    *Love Beets beets uses two packages of its Beets Dipped In Vinegar. If you can’t find them, use pickled beets or plain beets that you can marinate lightly in vinegar.

     

    Preparation

    1. PREHEAT the broiler and toast the bread on one side.

    2. RUB the untoasted side with the garlic and brush with olive oil.

    3. ARRANGE the beet wedges on the untoasted side of the bread and lay the slices of Brie on top. Sprinkle freshly ground black pepper to taste and place back under the broiler.

    4. BROIL until the cheese is hot and bubbling. Serve immediately.
     
    BRUSCHETTA VS. CROSTINI

    Here’s the difference.

      

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    RECIPE: Guacamole Canapés & Mini Iceberg Wedges

    Deconstructed guacamole. Photo courtesy
    Wholly Guacamole.

     

    First of all: What’s a canapé (can-uh-PAY)?

    It’s a type of hors d’oeuvre: a small, savory bite on a base of bread, toast or pastry. It is a finger food, eaten in one or two bites.

    Canapés are often served at cocktail parties, and in the hands of a caterer or chef they can be beautifully decorated works of edible art. Canapé is the French word for sofa. The idea is that the toppings sit on a “sofa” of bread or pastry.

    These Super Bowl snacks are much more down to earth, as befits the occasion. They’re guacamole canapés, a change of pace from the same old, same old guacamole and chips.

    Since the tomatoes and onions are separate from the mashed avocado, this is effectively “deconstructed guacamole.”

    The recipes below are courtesy Wholly Guacamole.

     
    RECIPE: GUACAMOLE CANAPÉS

    Ingredients

  • 1 baguette (French bread loaf)
  • Guacamole (use prepared chunky guacamole or make your own)
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 lime, sliced into small, thin wedges
  • Salt and pepper to taste
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    Preparation

    1. SLICE baguette into 1/2 inch slices and toast lightly. Spread approximately 2 tablespoon of guacamole on each slice.

    2. TOSS diced tomatoes with onions an cilantro. Add salt and pepper to taste.

    3. DISTRIBUTE tomato/onion mix to canapés. Top with lime slices and serve on a platter.

     

    RECIPE: MINI WEDGE SALAD

    Most people enjoy a classic wedge salad: iceberg lettuce with blue cheese dressing. Here, we turn it into finger food.

    Ingredients

  • 1 head iceberg lettuce
  • Crumbled bacon
  • Cherry tomatoes, sliced
  • Crumbled blue cheese
  • Blue cheese dressing (here’s our recipe)
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    Preparation

    1. CUT lettuce into mini wedges, about 3 inches each. The objective is to pick them up by hand.

    2. TOP with bacon and tomato slices.

    3. DRIZZLE with blue cheese dressing and top with optional crumbled blue cheese. Serve on a platter.

     

    Mini iceberg wedge salad, for when you just want a taste. Photo courtesy Wholly Guacamole.

     

      

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    RECIPE: Chinese Steamed Dumplings With A Twist

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    Buffalo chicken dumplings: fusion food.
    Photo and recipe courtesy IMUSA USA.

     

    The Chinese New Year begins on January 31st; the Super Bowl is February 2nd. Here’s a dish that combines both concepts: Buffalo Chicken Steamed Dumplings.

    The recipe for this fusion food—Chinese steamed dumplings crossed with Buffalo chicken wings—was developed by IMUSA USA. The company manufacturers cookware for international cuisine, including the bamboo steaming basket in the photo.

    RECIPE: BUFFALO CHICKEN STEAMED
    DUMPLINGS

    Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • ½ small onion
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 3 tablespoons curly parsley
  • ½ cup celery
  • ½ cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • Dumpling wrappers (you can use won ton
    wrappers)
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 cup Buffalo style hot sauce, like Frank’s
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • Preparation

    1. MIX first 9 ingredients (chicken through pepper) by hand in a medium bowl until evenly combined.

    2. ASSEMBLE dumplings by placing dumpling wrapper on a flat surface. Roll a small ball of the chicken mixture between your hands, about a tablespoon, and place in the center of the wonton wrapper.

    3. DIP a finger in a cup of water and run it around the edges of the wrapper. Pick up a wrapper and chicken ball with one hand (between your thumb and index finger) and begin pinching hard around the wrapper until it tightly wraps the chicken ball. Re-pinch if necessary.

    4. SPRAY the steaming basket with non-stick spray and add the dumplings. Steam for 10 minutes until fully cooked.

    5. MAKE the hot sauce by gently heating the hot sauce and the butter. Spoon some sauce on a plate and place dumplings on top. Garnish with more crumbled blue cheese, if desired.

      

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    TIP OF THE DAY: Chicken Liver Pâté

    Here’s a treat for everyone who loves pâté but can’t afford the duck and goose versions; as well as those who won’t eat their enlarged livers due to animal welfare concern.*

    This chicken liver pâté recipe, sent to us by the New York Times to share, was published in the January 26th Sunday Magazine section. It is gourmet Super Bowl fare or a spread for any party or special occasion. (Why special occasion? The cholesterol!)

    Not only is chicken liver pâté a luxurious spread; it is affordable and quick and easy to prepare. Here’s the full article.

    The concept dates back centuries, if not millennia. In modern times, there’s a similar recipe in Julia Child’s Mastering The Art Of French cooking. Our grandmother and her grandmother made a Jewish version; her fat of choice was schmalz (rendered chicken fat, discussed below)—no butter or cream—yellow onions instead of shallots, no wine. Nana’s tip: Don’t overcook the livers—the insides should still be pink.

     
    *The issue of whether or not gavage, the force-feeding of ducks and geese to enlarge their livers, is complex and is not discussed here.

     

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    A crock of chicken liver pâté with a side of bacon jam. Photo by Christopher Testani for the New York Times.

     

    WAYS TO SERVE CHICKEN LIVER PATÉ

    You can serve chicken liver pâté in a crock with toast or crackers and a side of bacon jam (make this recipe or buy ready-made bacon jam like Skillet Bacon Spread. (Here’s our review; you can buy it on Amazon.com).

  • Serve the pâté with toast points, toasted baguette slices, toasted rye bread, crackers (try Saltines or water crackers), or a mix.
  • Make tea sandwiches, or spread on chicken, roast beef or turkey sandwiches.
  • Spread pâté on a large crouton to serve alongside soup or salad.
  • Spread it atop a filet mignon for a crustless Beef Wellington; or make crustless Wellington hors d’oeuvre by spreading pâté on toast points, topped with a slice of beef and fresh herbs or microgreens.
  • Tuck some under the skin before broiling a chicken. It will melt away during cooking but leave a rich flavor.
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    Raw chicken livers. Photo courtesy Anu Shoj
    | Anu’s Healthy Kitchen | Blogspot. Check
    out her recipe for fried chicken livers.

     

    RECIPE: CHICKEN LIVER PATÉ

    You can make this recipe in 20 minutes, plus a couple of hours to chill in the fridge.

    Ingredients For 6-8 Servings

  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  • 2 medium shallots, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 pint fresh chicken livers, approximately 1 pound, trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, chopped
  • 1/3 cup Madeira or Port
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream, plus more as needed
  • Kosher salt to taste
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    Preparation

    1. HEAT a large, heavy sauté pan over medium heat and melt 4 tablespoons of the butter until it begins to foam. Add the shallots and sauté until translucent, taking care not to brown.

    2. ADD the livers, thyme and Madeira or Port and turn the heat to high. Cook, occasionally stirring the livers with a spoon, until the wine has reduced and the livers are lightly browned but still very soft and pink on the inside—approximately 5 minutes.

    3. REMOVE the pan from the stove, and transfer the contents into a blender or food processor, along with the cream and the remaining butter. Purée until smooth, adding a little more cream if necessary. Taste and adjust seasoning, adding salt if necessary.

    4. PACK the pâté into a glass jar or bowl, then smooth the top with a spatula. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, about two hours or up to five days. Serve with bacon-onion jam and copious amounts of toast.
     
    WHAT IS SCHMALTZ?

    Schmaltz, also spelled or schmalz or shmalz, is rendered (clarified) chicken or goose fat. It is used both for cooking and as a spread on bread in Ashkenazi Jewish cuisine (Austria, Germany and Poland and other Northern European countries).

    The term is Yiddish, derived from the German Schmalz, meaning “rendered animal fat.” While both tallow and lard are forms of Schmalz in German, as is clarified butter, in English the term follows the Yiddish use, referring to fat rendered from poultry.

    Schmaltz was an important fat in the lives of European Jews, who were forbidden by Kosher dietary laws from combining meat and dairy products. They could not use butter in meat dishes; and of course could not use pig-based lard.

    So in order to cook meat and poultry dishes or the sides served with them (potatoes, for example), schmaltz or vegetable cooking oil was required. It was also used to butter bread. The impact on cardiovascular health has become an issue in the last 40 to 50 years.

      

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