I never used to like liver pâté until, one day, I tried some with garlic and found that I did like pâté after all. However whilst I did enjoy eating it I never thought of making it, it’s not really one of those things that you do think of making, is it?
Years ago, just before Christmas, when I was working for local BBC radio, (that’s me dressed as a fairy by the way), I was asked by a listener whether or not you could make pâté in a microwave. Not only had I never thought of making it, I had not thought of making it in a microwave either. So, off I went to search through my recipe books to find one that I could adapt to the microwave and this delicious recipe is what I came up with. I do hope you enjoy it.
This recipe has been tested in a 600 watt microwave oven.
A few microwave tips for you
- When covering the bowl you can do it two different ways. Either place a plate/saucer over the top or cover it with cling film. If you use cling film don’t forget to pierce it before placing in the microwave.
- Always place the bowl or plate that you’re using to cook in, on the outer edge of the microwave.
- If the full cooking time given in a recipe is 10 mins for example, then you need to set your timer for half that time, i.e. 5 mins, and then either stir if the mixture is liquid, or turn the dish around and cook for a further 5 mins. Doing this allows the food to cook more evenly through and you will get a better result. You wont need to worry about doing that with this recipe because I always give step by step instructions that includes stirring or turning, in the method.
- Always allow the standing time because the food is till “cooking” even though it is out of the microwave.
- Always use a cloth when removing items from the microwave. You don’t want to burn yourself.
Put the bacon into a med sized pudding basin or casserole dish. You can cover the basin with a plate or clingfilm (if you use clingfilm, don’t forget to pierce it to allow the steam to escape) or, put the lid on the casserole. Place in the microwave, don’t forget to put it on the outer edge of the turntable, and cook on FULL power for 1½ mins.
Add the liver, garlic, butter, mixed herbs and pepper to the bacon and give it a bit of a stir. Yes I know it looks revolting, close your eyes if you don’t like it, but, trust me it really is delicious. Cover the bowl again and microwave on FULL power for 3½ mins.
Remove from the microwave and stir. Return to the microwave and cook on FULL power for a further 3 mins.
Pour the Cooked ingredients into a food processor or a blender and add the cream and sherry. Now blend to your preferred texture, We like ours quite coarse, but you can make it as smooth or coarse as you like.
Place the pâté into the fridge to set for a few hours and then serve with either crackers, melba toast or whatever takes your fancy.
I make a load and freeze it, it comes in very handy when you have unexpected guests arrive. Or when you feel a bit peckish but can’t be bothered to cook!