Seared Chicken Liver Canapes with Walnut Conserve

  • Yield 6 servings
  • Prep 20 mins
  • Cook 45 mins

Honey-glazed walnuts in a conserve of wine and figs add sweet and savory to tasting course of chicken livers on baguette toasts

Ingredients

1 cup California walnut pieces
1/4 cup honey
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup shallots, finely chopped
1/3 cup Vin de Noix or Port
1/2 cup dried figs, finely diced
1/2 cup sherry wine vinegar
1 teaspoon walnut oil
1 tablespoon butter, unsalted
12 chicken livers
24 slices bread, baguette-style, toasted
3/4 teaspoon Coarse salt to taste
3/8 teaspoon Pepper, freshly ground to taste
Sage leaves, fresh if desired

Instructions

  1. Place walnuts on baking sheet and toast in preheated 275F oven for 15 minutes. Drizzle with honey, toss to coat and continue toasting, stirring occasionally, until nuts are glazed, about 20 minutes.  Remove and cool.  Chop roughly and set aside.
  2. To make walnut conserve, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in skillet over medium heat.  Add shallots and sauté 5 minutes.  Add Vin de Noix and boil 2 minutes, until reduced by about half.  Stir in figs and vinegar and cook 5 minutes more.  Stir in walnut oil and reserved walnuts and set aside to cool.  If necessary, adjust sweetness with additional honey.  Makes about 1 cup conserve.
  3. Heat butter with remaining olive oil in large skillet over moderate heat.  When hot but not smoking, add chicken livers (cook in batches, if necessary, so pan isn¹t crowded).  Season with salt and pepper and sear on all sides until browned but not over-cooked.  Remove from pan and let rest 5 minutes.  Slice each liver in half horizontally, keeping halves intact.
  4. Place a liver half, cut side up, on a crouton.  Place a heaping teaspoon of conserve on each liver and garnish with a sage leaf, if desired.

Dry Creek Kitchen recipe provided courtesy of Charlie Palmer

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