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Beef Liver Pate Recipe


This beef liver pate recipe is delicious, rich, and nourishing with slightly sweet notes. The added vegetables help to blend the strong beef liver taste and make it extra flavorful and satisfying. Use this beef liver pate as an appetizer on your favorite bread, crackers, toast, or serve it with sliced apples or pears.

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If you are interested in cooking with organ meats but can’t stomach the thought of eating liver on its own, this simple beef liver pate recipe creates a smooth spreadable pate from liver. For this recipe, I use beef liver with strong flavor and texture. However, you can also use chicken liver to make chicken liver pate if you prefer a milder taste.

Why you should make this recipe

  • This beef liver pate is naturally low-carb, gluten-free, sugar-free.
  • The liver spread tastes gourmet but made simply with only four ingredients.
  • Great to be added to any plate or used as a snack for quick pick me up since liver is one of the most nutrient-dense food.
  • This recipe is big on flavor; for these looking for flavorful recipes, this one is the perfect one to try!

Key Ingredients

  • beef liver
  • onions
  • carrots
  • butter
white bowl filled with raw liver pieces, big onion and block of butter

How to Make Beef Liver Pate Recipe

Step 1. Peel carrots, use a box grater to grate them—Peel and dice onions.

cutting board with grated carrots and diced onions

Step 2. Discard the liquid from the liver, pat dry, trim and remove the white membrane. Use kitchen shear to slice into the cubes or use a knife to slice into thin slices.

cutting board with sliced raw liver pieces and kitchen shears

Step 3. Preheat a well-seasoned cast iron pan on medium heat, add olive oil, add chopped onions. Cook, frequently stirring until onions are soft and just starting to turn golden on edges. Remove and store in the mixing bowl for now. Next, add shredded carrot and continue cooking until soft. Add more olive oil if needed. Remove from the pan and add to the bowl with onions.

cast iron skillet with sauteed onions

Step 4. Add liver pieces and fry until fully cooked in the same frying pan. How do you know when the liver is cooked? The meat shouldn’t have any juices when slightly pressed with a spatula but still have some somewhat pink coloring inside—once cooked, cool for 5 minutes before adding to the bowl with vegetables.

cast iron pan with fried liver chunks

Step 5. Use a food processor fitted with a steel blade or blender jar if using an immersion blender. In the food processor, add cooked vegetables, cooked liver and cubed butter.

food processor with cooked liver, onions, carrots and cubed butter

Step 6. Pulse till well blended and smooth. The texture should be spreadable, not too thick, and runny. Taste the liver pate and adjust seasonings to taste: add salt, black pepper, additional spices if desired. Stir inside the food processor until completely smooth, then transfer mixture to small ramekins or soufflé dishes. Serve it right away or store it in the fridge in an airtight container.

food processor with ground cooked liver brown mixture

Recipe Tips

It helps to prep and cut all ingredients before starting cooking in a cast-iron skillet. This way, you can pay attention to frying process instead of hurrying to slice needed ingredients at the same time.

This beef liver pate has a slightly sweet taste from adding more vegetables like onions and carrots. Ensure you use approximately the same amount of vegetables as beef liver.

Use a well-seasoned cast-iron skillet or non-stick pan to ensure nothing sticks to the bottom.

When cooking liver, it’s important not to overcook it when frying for the best flavor. The best test to check if it’s cooked enough is to use a spatula, press on the liver, and see if juices will come out. The cooked liver should still be slightly pink inside but without red juices.

When using a food processor, pulse till the beef liver pate texture is smooth and buttery.

Add spices (salt, pepper) at the end. Taste and adjust the seasonings if needed.

Variations

This is a great basic recipe for beef liver pate seasoned with salt, black pepper and topped with fresh chopped dill. You might want to use additional spices if desired.

The herbs that would go well with the beef liver are powdered garlic, fresh rosemary, fresh thyme, fresh parsley, a dash of ground allspice, thyme, nutmeg, a splash of white wine vinegar, or lemon juice for some zing.

Instead of virgin olive oil for frying, you can use ghee, duck fat, coconut oil or bacon fat.

If you want to make beef liver pate more tender and mousse-like, add a splash of heavy cream on the food processor.

Feel free to add mushrooms to this recipe. Saute mushrooms in the pan till cooked and soft before mixing with the cooked liver.

You can try making beef liver pate using cream cheese instead of butter. Make sure that the cooked liver is cool enough before blending it together.

how to serve

First off, what I like to do with my beef liver pate is make little sandwiches out of them by spreading the pate on slices of French bread and topping with watercress and maybe a touch of salt (and pepper if you like). It makes for a perfect filling snack that is satisfying and kid-friendly as well.

You can also serve beef liver pate on small round crackers topped with fresh herbs.

For low-carb saving options, serve beef liver pate with sliced pears, sliced apples, on top of cucumber slices, radishes, carrots, celery.

If you want to go all out and impress your guests serve beef liver pate an amuse-bouche. This bite-sized hors d’oeuvre is meant to be eaten in one or two bites. It’s a great way to start your meal because it offers a quick burst of flavor without overwhelming the palate. Amuse-bouche are often served cold, but they can also be eaten warm; these are served solo on a spoon.

The texture of the beef liver pate will change once it is chilled. It will be easy to cut beef liver pate and serve it sliced instead of spreading it.

Storing tips

Store cooked beef liver pâté in the fridge. To store it effectively, you need to put it in an airtight container or add a plastic wrap on top. I find that placing beef liver pate in two containers works better than using just one. Because the liver oxidizes quickly when exposed to the air, make sure you use your pate within three days after cooking.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is the beef liver?

Beef liver is reddish-brown organ meat and the most nutrient-dense foods available. Raw beef liver has a strong metallic liver taste and almost earthy flavor with a deep aroma. As long as it’s not overcooked, the cooked liver doesn’t have a strong flavor. It has a very mild and pleasant taste that goes well with many dishes.

where to buy beef liver?

You can buy raw beef or calf’s liver in most supermarkets or grocery stores in the freezer section. You can find beef liver from grass fed cow at local farmers’ markets or local farms that offer that kind of meat. If possible, choose to buy grass-fed beef liver. It will offer a better flavor and nutritional profile.

glass dish filled with meat spread topped with fresh dill

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Beef Liver Pate Recipe

Natalia-Flavorful Home
This beef liver pate recipe is delicious, rich, and nourishing with slightly sweet notes. The added vegetables help to blend the strong beef liver taste and make it extra flavorful and satisfying. Use this beef liver pate as an appetizer on your favorite bread, crackers, or toast, or serve it with sliced apples or pears.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 2 hrs 15 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs
Total Time 30 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Russian

Ingredients
  

  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil for frying (or ghee, duck fat, coconut oil, bacon fat)
  • 1 lb beef liver (organic grass feed beef liver if possible)
  • 1 onion sweet Vidalia
  • 2 carrots medium
  • 6 tbsp butter cold, cubed. I used salted.
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 black pepper
  • 2 tbsp fresh dill chopped, for garnishing

Instructions
 

  • Prep vegetables. Peel carrots, use a box grater to grate them—Peel and dice onions.
  • Prep liver. Discard the liquid from the liver, pat dry trim, and remove the white membrane. Use kitchen shear to slice into the cubes or use a knife to slice into thin slices.
  • Saute vegetables. Preheat a well-seasoned cast iron pan on medium heat, add olive oil, add chopped onions. Cook, frequently stirring until onions are soft and just starting to turn golden on edges. Remove and store on the mixing bowl for now. Next, add shredded carrot continue cooking until soft. Add more olive oil if needed. Remove from the pan and add to the bowl with onions.
  • Cook liver. Add liver pieces and fry until fully cooked in the same frying pan. How do you know when the liver is cooked? The meat shouldn't have any juices when slightly preseed with a spatula but still have some somewhat pink coloring inside—once cooked, somewhat cool for 5 minutes before adding to the bowl with vegetables.
  • Combine. Use a food processor fitted with a steel blade or blender jar if using an immersion blender. In the food processor, add cooked vegetables and cooked liver.
  • Adjust the texture and taste. Pulse till well blended and smooth. The texture should be spreadable, not too thick, and runny. Taste and adjust seasonings to taste, then add the spices: salt, black pepper, add additional spices if desired. Stir inside the food processor until completely smooth, then transfer mixture to small ramekins or soufflé dishes. Serve it right away or store it in the fridge in an airtight container.

Notes

This recipe makes 3 cups of beef liver pate. 
It helps to prep and cut all ingredients before starting cooking in a cast-iron skillet. This way, you can pay attention when frying instead of hurrying to slice needed ingredients.
This beef liver pate has a slightly sweet taste from onions and carrots. Ensure you use approximately the same amount of vegetables as beef liver.
Use a well-seasoned cast-iron skillet or non-stick pan to ensure nothing sticks to the bottom.
When cooking liver, it’s important not to overcook it when frying for the best flavor. The best test to check if it’s cooked enough is to use a spatula, press on the liver, and see if juices will come out. The cooked liver should still be slightly pink inside but without red juices.
When using a food processor, pulse till the beef liver pate texture is smooth and buttery.
Add spices (salt, pepper) at the end. Taste and adjust the seasonings if needed.
Store cooked beef liver pâté in the fridge. To store it effectively, you need to put it in an airtight container or add a plastic wrap on top. I find that placing beef liver pate in two containers works better than using just one. Because the liver oxidizes quickly when exposed to the air, make sure you use your pate within three days after cooking.

Nutrition

Calories: 210kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 12gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 178mgSodium: 416mgPotassium: 250mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 12399IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 14mgIron: 3mg
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Natalia is a recipe developer, food photographer, and home cook. She started Flavorful Home to document her recipes and share home cooking tips. She loves creating flavorful and nutritious meals while keeping the cooking process simple and joyful!

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