Duck Liver Parfait or Pâte. Call it what you prefer, I think we can agree on one thing, it is outright
It is one of those subtle appetisers you can serve at a dinner party and looks as if it took you a lot of time and effort to put together, but in actual fact, it took very little time at all - don't worry we won't tell 😉
Let me just add in one more thing though, you really don't need to wait until you throw a dinner party to make duck liver parfait, it also makes the most incredible nutrient dense snack.
Simply serve it up with some seed crackers, veggie sticks or a humble puffed rice cake for a nutritious mineral rich afternoon snack, can we say yum?
Let's get to how-to part of this post...
How to Make Duck Liver Parfait
To make this easy duck liver parfait, we have to of course start with a good base. Yes, the livers themselves, if you are able, try to find organic duck livers (We get ours from the farmers market).
Prepare the livers by simply just draining off the excess juices using a sieve or colander. Set them to one side and let's move on to the next step.
Slice up the shallots and crush some fresh garlic, sauté them in some butter and seasoning until the shallots are tender and translucent. Olive oil will also make a great alternative to butter.
Now you can add in the livers, herbs and spices, along with the vinegar and continue to cook for a further 5 - 10 minutes. Ideally, you want to cook off the vinegar.
Time to get the food processor out - if you don't own one don't worry, a stick blender would also suffice.
Add the liver mixture to the food processor, followed by the butter. Add them in chunks, this way the heat from the livers will begin to gently melt the butter. Begin to blend or process until you reach a smooth, velvety, paste consistency.
Scoop the smooth mixture into a bowl or glass jar and chill for a few hours before serving. You can seal the top of the pate with a little melted butter if you desire so.
Are there any benefits to eating duck livers?
You might be surprised to learn that livers are actually considered to be a nutrient dense superfood.
Apart from their delicious flavour, livers are a rich source of protein, they are low in calories and packed with essential vitamins and minerals. In fact, just a small amount of liver will provide well over 100% of the RDI for many essential nutrients.
What are some of these essential nutrients?
Here is some of the vital nutrients that liver contains:
- Vitamin B12: Vitamin B12 plays a role in the formation of red blood cells and DNA.
- Vitamin A: Vitamin A is needed for normal vision, immune function and reproduction. It also helps organs like the heart and kidneys function properly.
- Riboflavin (B2): Riboflavin is vital for cellular development and function. It is also the vitamin that helps turn food into energy.
- Folate (B9): Folate is an essential nutrient that plays a role in cell growth and the formation of DNA, you can learn more about this amazing nutrient in our article The Truth about MTHFR Gene Mutation and What You Need to Know.
- Iron: Iron helps carry oxygen through the body.
- Copper: Copper has the ability to activate a number of enzymes, which leads to help in regulating energy production, iron metabolism as well as brain function.
Feel like maybe you need to embrace organ meats in your diet? We agree!
The vitamins and minerals found in liver is next level, why not go ahead and embrace that goodness by trying our yummy duck liver parfait.
Let us know what you think 🙂
1/4 cup grass-fed Butter, plus 1 tablespoon
500g organic Duck Liver
2 Shallots, sliced
4 cloves Garlic, finely chopped
2 teaspoons fresh Thyme, chopped
2 Bay Leaves
1 tablespoon fresh Rosemary, chopped
2 tablespoon organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
Sea Salt to taste
Fresh ground pepper to taste
- Saute the shallots, garlic, salt and pepper in one tablespoon of butter for 3- 5 minutes on medium.
- Then add the duck liver (make sure to drain off any liquid). Saute 5- 7 more minutes, then add herbs/spices and vinegar. Let the vinegar cook off.
- Add to the food processor. Immediately add the butter slowly in chunks. You need the heat from the livers to melt the butter.
- Pulse the food processor several times until the desired consistency is reached.
- Add to a glass storage container and chill for two hours.
- Served with seed crackers, fresh vegetable sticks such as carrots, red pepper slices, cucumber and celery.