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French Fridays; Chicken Liver Gateaux with pickled onions

I feel a bit shy about admitting that I like liver.  Actually that's not quite right...I love liver. It is not something you freely admit in public.  Unless of course it is the foodie sort of public that is hard to find in the little burg of western MA where I reside.  To me liver dishes represent a rustic retreat, a way to slow down, relax and enjoy the finer things in life.

French Fridays; Chicken Liver Gateaux with pickled onions
In my dreams I go on picnics with the likes of James Beard, MFK Fisher and Julia Child.  Under a water color painted sky we talk about this technique and that and eat lots of pickled vegetables, cheeses and pate...  In my reality, while the men are watching the run up to the big game, my mother and I will crack open that bottle of white Burgundy, break apart the just baked crusty country style bread and enjoy Dorie's version of  Chicken Liver Gateaux with pickled onions while we await the next episode of Downton Abbey.  Some one has to be civilized!

French Fridays; Chicken Liver Gateaux with pickled onions
While I stuck to Dories technique, I wanted to make it a bit lighter.  So this is how it went.  I used;

I blended the whipped eggs, soy cream and a friend's homemade hard cider.  I thne folded in the herbs, salt and pepper.  When I combined 1/2 lb of chicken livers I felt the batter was far to liquid for a cake of sorts.  Eventually it took 1 1/2lb to get the recipe to a more appropriate consistency.

I buttered 4 ramekins and lined a loaf dish with parchment.  Filled each 3/4 of the way full.  Placed them in a roasting pan that I then filled with boiling water to the point where it was 1/2 way up the sides of the dishes.

I baked the Gateux in an oven preheated to 350 f for 40 minutes.  They are done when a cake tester comes out clean.

I serve them on beds of spinach dressed with Honey MustardPickled onions christen the dish. The end result is a cross between hearty liver & onions and elegant pate. 

French Fridays; Chicken Liver Gateaux with pickled onions

Adapted from Dorie Greenspans Around My French Table.



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Photo Credit: Julie T Cecchini



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Nice to see you back with us! Your version looks delicious and a perfect pairing with Downton Abbey and a nice wine.

My picnic fantasy is a long table in an Italian field, covered in white linen and pretty crockery. The food prepared for days, the company varied.


Ah a white burgundy and a crusty bread with "pate". It doesn't get much better than that! Glad you liked it! Your photos are great!

Terra Americana

Teresa, I have so missed this. It was a perfect Sunday evening dish.
I love your fantasy! Wouldn't it be grand if we could all get together and have a picnic....

Terra Americana

Thank you...You too know how to live Renee!


what a great presentation!! I didnt like the liver but it was fun to put together!

Terra Americana

I agree, but I also love liver!

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