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1 January 2015

Chicken liver parfait with caramelized apples and almonds

Holidays have come. Wonders can happen anytime. Such a special mood brings other vision of simple things (as they seem at first sight).

Chicken liver... Is it possible to cook it special?! If you follow me from the beginning on, you might remember the recipe of Light and hearty salad with chicken liver. By the way, it turned out to be quite popular among my followers. Therefore I made up my mind to cook chicken liver, but in a totally other way than usually. As a result I wanted smooth, mild taste with a tiny sweet note of apples which seem to be a perfect combination with chicken liver.

Check the ingredients' list and grab some patience:
400 g chicken liver
250 ml milk
1 big onion
1 big carrot
4 garlic cloves
1 slice whole wheat bread
100 g salty cracker
2 egg
2 tbsp corn flour
1 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp salt
3/4 tsp black pepper
1 tsp ground coriander
2 tbsp butter

1 apple
1 tsp almond slices
1 tsp brown sugar
1tsp cinnamon
1 tsp butter

Firstly, as usually, soak the liver in 200 ml of milk for about 20 minutes. 

I would strongly recommend you not to skip this simple step. Milk takes away all the bitterness and ensures smooth and mild taste of the liver.

Meanwhile prepare the other ingredients: grate the carrot. Chop onion and garlic cloves into little pieces.

Wash chicken liver with cold water. Separate all the streaks and cut the liver into middle-sized pieces.

In one pan heat one tbsp of olive oil and fry chopped onion for 2 minutes at middle heat, add grated carrot and garlic. Let it stew in its juice until soft. (you can add 2 tbsp of water if liquid evaporates)

In another pan fry chicken liver in a small quantity of olive oil mixed with 1 tsp of butter. Stir from time to time so that it doesn't stick and burn. When you see that the pieces are fried already, add soy sauce and stir thoroughly. Don't be afraid if the liver is not ready inside yet. It will be baked in the oven afterwards, anyway :)

Soak whole wheat bread in 50 ml of milk. Blend crackers into a crumb. We will use it to make extra crust. Prepare the form for baking. Butter it from all sides and sprinkle all the sides with cracker crumbs. I used silicone form. If you don't have silicone one, put baking paper into your form to make sure that you will take parfait out easily. Put aside and preheat the oven at 180°C.

The next step is important for the proper texture. Blend liver and carrot-onion-garlic mixture in a food processor until smooth and silky. Season the mixture with coriander, salt and pepper. Squeeze the bread slice to avoid extra liquids and add it to the liver mixture. Add corn flour, eggs and butter. Mix well. Pour the mixture into a form and sprinkle the top with cracker crumb. Place the form in a water bath. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes, then reduce the temperature to 130°C and bake another 30 minutes.

It's time to prepare the garnish. It consists of caramelised apple slices mixed with almonds. Wash the apple and cut it into slices. Heat some butter in a frying pan and put the apple slices into it. Stir for a minute, add sugar and cinnamon. Stir further. Add almond slices and wait until the apples get golden-brown.

After 40 minutes total in the oven check the parfait. I'm pretty sure it is ready and tasty ;) Serve as sjown below. And enjoy your precious minutes of pleasure.

Have a wonderful New Year. Leave all the fears and uncertainty in the past and go ahead full of hope and confidence!

Happy New year!!!!!!
Bon Appetit!

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