Chicken Liver Mousse

Time to get fancy at NummyNumNum!  I love chicken livers in all forms.  Having moved to New Orleans, I am extremely lucky to have access to fried chicken liver poboys pretty much at every restaurant.  I probably need to chill out on the NOLA eating as it is bikini season.  Anyways, I love chicken livers, and a mousse version is always welcome in my recipe box. This recipe is so amazing and surprisingly easy.   My good friend Chef Kim made this and gave away in cute mason jars for Christmas gifts.  Chef John and I ate the whole thing in one sitting.  Beware if you are cooking this in an apartment, your place is going to smell.  Keep windows open!  Serve with slices of bread or crackers and cornichons.-ts

2 tablespoons finely chopped shallot
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 garlic clove, minced
1/3 cup Cognac or other brandy
6 oz chicken livers, trimmed (3/4 cup)
5 large egg yolks
1 cup whole milk
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
3/4 stick (6 tablespoons) unsalted butter
Several bay leaves (only fresh; see note, below)

  1. Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Cook shallot in oil in a 10-inch heavy skillet over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 4 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Remove from heat and carefully add Cognac (use caution; if Cognac ignites, shake skillet), then boil until reduced to about 2 tablespoons, 1 to 2 minutes.
  3. Transfer to a blender and add livers and yolks, then purée until smooth. Add milk, flour, salt, pepper, nutmeg, and allspice and blend until combined. Pour into crock, skimming off any foam.
  4. Put crock in a larger baking pan and bake in a water bath until mousse is just set and a small sharp knife inserted in center comes out clean, about 55 minutes.
  5. Melt butter in a small saucepan over low heat, then remove from heat and let stand 3 minutes.
  6. Arrange bay leaves decoratively on top of mousse. Skim froth from butter, then spoon enough clarified butter over mousse to cover its surface, leaving milky solids in bottom of saucepan.
  7. Chill mousse completely, uncovered, about 4 hours. Bring to room temperature about 1 hour before serving.

The bay leaves are decorative, if fresh ones are unavailable no need for using dried.

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