Pate with Spiced Pears for #SundaySupper

Happy Mother’s Day! This is my third year, and I still can’t believe I’m on the “mother” side of celebrating this holiday. It’s been a fun ride!

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Speaking of going on a ride, lately I’ve been having a bit of a blog identity crisis. Yes, at less than a year old, I’m thinking that’s not exactly normal, but it’s been happening. I started this blog in order to share the fun things I come up with when I’m playing around in the kitchen as well as chronicle my adventures as I fulfill my life goal of eating at every Michelin starred establishment. Okay, so that’s not really my life goal, but wouldn’t it be so awesome to accomplish that? Maybe it should be a life goal.

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But that’s not the point. The point is that I started this blog as an outlet, a way to share my experiences and my food. As I got deeper into blogging I quickly got caught up in doing what I heard a blogger should be doing and moving in the direction I was told to go. I started posting things that I thought people wanted and sticking to a schedule because I thought I had to.

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Over the last month I’ve started making things based on my own lightbulb moments (ube panna cotta? no idea where the idea came from, but I love it) and dishes that inspired me rather than what I thought I should be making…and I remembered why I started this blog – as a fun outlet. So this is me getting back to the fun of blogging – posting things because I love them and think they’re delicious, not because I think I have to.  🙂

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Anyway, pate. I always associate pate with special occasions. My aunt makes a delicious pate, and it always comes out on holidays, birthdays, baby showers, wedding showers. So to me pate = something to celebrate. On those days that the pate comes out you can find me parked right in front of the dish spreading it on anything I can get my hands on.

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This particular version has been marinating in my head since I had that wonderful chicken liver mousse at SPQR a few months ago. With all my years of adding pate to anything that was in front of me, I had never had it with pears, and the combination is so winning.  My version is much more rustic (vs a Michelin star restaurant? I’ll take that), but the savory, smooth liver + sweet, spiced pear combo is just as awesome. You’re going to want to spread it on everything. 😉

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Pate with Spiced Pears
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Recipe type: appetizer
Serves: about 2 cups
For the Pate:
  • 1 lb chicken livers
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 cup butter (16 Tbs)
  • ¼ cup sherry
  • 4 Tbs capers
  • salt and pepper to taste
For the Spiced Pears:
  • 3 medium pears
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground cardamom
  • 1 Tbs butter
  • 1 Tbs Balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbs maple syrup
For the Pate:
  1. Place livers in a shallow dish and add the milk. Soak the livers in the milk for at least 2 hours.
  2. Drain and dry the livers.
  3. Add 3 Tbs butter to a large skillet and melt over medium high heat.
  4. Add onion and cook until translucent, about 3-5 minutes.
  5. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute more.
  6. Add the liver and thyme and cook until the livers are just browned on the outside but not cooked through, about 2-4 minutes.
  7. Add the sherry and cook until livers are just cooked through but still slightly pink in the center, about 5 minutes more. Remove one to check if you're unsure.
  8. Remove from heat and allow to cool for a few minutes.
  9. Place the livers to a blender or food processor along with the capers and 2-4 Tbs of butter (add more for a richer pate).
  10. Transfer the pate to ramekins and place in the refrigerator.
  11. Melt the remaining butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook until the butter begins to foam and the solids separate out. Strain through a fine mesh strainer or transfer to a heatproof dish and allow the solids to settle to the bottom.
  12. Spoon the clarified butter over the surface of the pate and refrigerate until solid.
For the Pears:
  1. Peel and dice the pears.
  2. Add pears to a small saucepan along with spices, butter, balsamic vinegar and maple syrup.
  3. Cook on medium-low heat until pairs are softened, 7-10 minutes.
  4. Serve the pate with the spiced pears.

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Now, get off the computer and go celebrate with your momma. But wait, as long as you’re here, if you’re looking for a way to make her day special, check out the awesomeness brought to you by the bloggers of the Sunday Supper Movement. From starters to drinks to dessert, we’ve got you covered with dishes that’ll make any day – Mother’s Day and beyond – feel extra special. Pick a few and whip them up for Mommy today. She deserves it.

Special shout out to Camilla of Culinary Adventures with Cam for hosting this Mother’s Day gathering! I always love what Cam comes up with in her kitchen, so be sure to check her out!

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  1. Glad you are back in the blogging grove and have joined in Sunday Supper. Great appetizer for sure.
    Renee recently posted…Crustless Creamy Blueberry Swirl Cheesecake for #SundaySupperMy Profile

  2. ooohhhh….I still have some spiced pear sauce that I put up last fall. It will be perfect on these. Keep having fun with your blog….that is what it is all about. Happy Mother’s Day.
    Wendy, A Day in the Life on the Farm recently posted…A (Cake Pop) Bouquet for Mom #SundaySupperMy Profile

  3. This has me written all over it. I would just adore your pate and the spiced pears sound magnificent!!

  4. I love pate AND pears, but would never have thought of serving them together! But it looks like a scrumptious combo. Happy Mother’s Day!
    Liz recently posted…Perfect Chocolate Cupcakes #SundaySupperMy Profile

  5. I’m in love! I adore pate and the pears are perfect with it! Beautiful post ~ happy mother’s day!
    Valerie Cathell Clark recently posted…Mushroom Manchego Cream Filled Crepes #SundaySupperMy Profile

  6. I’m with you on loving pate, but I’ve never tried it with pear either….yet! Thanks for the recipe inspiration!
    Kelly @ TastingPage recently posted…Fennel and Radish Citrus Salad #SundaySupperMy Profile

  7. I’ve never made pate but your recipe sounds easy enough to make me want to try. I also love that you serve it with spiced pears..YUM!

    • I avoided making pate for the longest time as well because I was so intimidated by it. And then I made it and realized that it’s really super simple! Aside from the milk soak it comes together pretty quickly, too. Hope you give it a try!

  8. Very different! I never would have paired fruit and liver.
    Cindys Recipes and Writings recently posted…Black Cow Cupcakes #SundaySupperMy Profile

  9. I love paté and yours looks delicious! Happy Mother’s day!
    Gaila recently posted…Chicken Tajine with prunes and almonds #SundaySupperMy Profile

  10. Joy…I was SO looking forward to this post. And, as always, it was a pleasure. I will make this soon. Thanks, too, for posting with #SundaySupper today.
    Camilla @ Culinary Adventures recently posted…La Vie en Rose for #SundaySupperMy Profile

  11. Nice effort, making your own pate. Sounds tasty!
    David @ CookingChat recently posted…Classic Basil Pesto Crostini #SundaySupperMy Profile

  12. My parents would love this, they’re into the chicken liver thing haha. I’ll take alllll of those spiced pears though!!!
    Shaina recently posted…Triple Chocolate Layer Cake #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • Haha! I’m actually not very big on liver except in pate! The pears totally kill any gaminess the pate might have, if that helps. 🙂

  13. I LOVE pate and yours looks scrumptious! I bet the addition of spiced pears is amazing!! If this dish is you going back to your original “blog roots”, I absolutely can not wait to see what you post next! Thanks for sharing!

    • Thanks so much, Cheyanne! I’m a lot more excited about what’s coming next recipe-wise (as well as a few more recent recipes). Stay tuned! 🙂

  14. Blogging is rough. I struggle with it daily, but in the end, I think it should be whatever you want it to be 🙂

    I have never had pate, but I’d be willing to give this a try – especially with the pears.
    Laura Dembowski recently posted…Lemon Brownies #SundaySupperMy Profile

    • I’ve been so much more relaxed about it now that I’ve let go of what I thought my blog should be. I’m happy to go with the flow for a while and just see where that leads. 🙂

  15. What a wonderful appetizer! The pate with the pears sounds amazing, and your photos are gorgeous!
    Teri@The Freshman Cook recently posted…Caramel and Vanilla Bean CustardMy Profile

    • Thanks so much! I was surprised by the pairing of pears when I first had it, but it’s delicious.

  16. You have a beautiful blog – keep doing what you love!
    I don’t think I’ve ever had pate but yours looks perfectly creamy, I’d happily give it a try!
    Lauren @ Sew You Think You Can Cook recently posted…Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka MasalaMy Profile

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