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Serves 6 or more

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An elegant yet easy to prepare first course. It’s amazing how the thought of Mousse, Pate, Parfait and Terrines of Chicken, Duck, or Salmon can be intimidating. Cathie has a motto, “If you can read, you can cook”, and she is a fine cook. Combine that motto with the determination to do it right, and you might be delighted with the result.


Chicken Livers (2 containers, 2-1/2 pounds)
4 Ounces of Butter (softened)
1 Onion (finely chopped)
1/2 Cup of Heavy Cream
2 TB of Brandy or Cognac
1 Package of Knox Gelatin
1 tsp of whole Black Peppercorns
1/2 tsp of whole Juniper Berries or Allspice
1/2 tsp of whole Cloves
1/2 tsp of whole Coriander Seeds
Kosher Salt


1. In a spice grinder combine Peppercorns, Juniper berries or Allspice, Clove & Coriander Seeds; finely grind & set aside.

2. Melt 2 tablespoons Butter in a saute pan over medium-high heat, when foam subsides, add Onion & cook until softened, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add the Livers to pan & sprinkle with salt; cook the Livers on one side until they begin to brown, about 2 minutes, then flip them & cook the other side. Be sure to keep heat relatively high so that the outside of Livers sears & the centers stay pink.

3. Put the Onion, Livers & their Buttery juices into a food processor or blender, add the remaining Butter, the Heavy Cream, the ground Spices & the Brandy or Cognac. Dissolve the Gelatin in 1/4 cup of Water & add it to the food processor or blender. Purée the mixture until it is velvety smooth. Taste & adjust the seasoning.

4. Transfer the Mousse to a Terrine lined with Parchment paper, smooth the top with a wet spatula & refrigerator for at least 3 hours or as long as necessary. You want the Mousse to be fully set & easy to slice. Unmold to a suitable platter.

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