I like some DIY action when I host parties, like the blini table I had one year, and the crostinis with different spreads in jars in December.
Not surprisingly, my friends loved the smoked salmon spread (this is like the essence of Scandinavia, Hanna – oh yes!), whereas I prefer the deeper, more complex flavours of the chicken liver mousse. But when my friends had overcome the hurdle of the brown dull colour and tasted it, they also really enjoyed it!
Chicken liver mousse with white wine and rosemary
400 g chicken liver (approx 375 g with tendons removed)
1 shallots, finely chopped
1 clove of garlic, chopped
1 tbsp chopped rosemary
100 ml dry white wine
4 anchovies from a tin
100 ml homemade chicken stock
50-100 ml cream
Remove all tendons and chop the liver coarsely. Fry the onion until soft in butter and oil on medium heat. Add the garlic and rosemary, making sure the garlic does not burn. Add the wine and let some of it evaporate. Add the anchovies and let them melt. Turn up the heat and add the liver and fry until cooked through. Add the stock and let some evaporate but still keeping a good amount of liquid in the pan.
Mix until smooth in a food processor. Add the cream little by little until desired consistency. Push through a fine sieve. Leave to cool and refrigerate.