Fegatini: Tuscan Chicken Liver Spread

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Recipe and photograph by Amber Share.

“Fegatini is the paté of Tuscany. It is served everywhere, especially at aperitivo, and each cook makes it slightly differently.”

 

Serves 8

Prep Time 30 min.

Preheat 400°F

 

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 lb. chicken livers

1/2 yellow onion, diced

1 carrot, diced

1 celery, diced

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 tbsp tomato paste

3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1/4 cup water

1/3 cup Vin Santo

3 tbsp capers, rinsed

3/4 tsp fine sea salt + 2 pinches

black pepper, freshly ground

Extra olive oil and capers for garnish

1 baguette or loaf of Italian bread, sliced and cut into

cracker size pieces

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

Heat a wide frying pan over medium. Add olive oil, swirl around pan then add onion, carrot, celery and a couple pinches of salt. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic, stir and cook another 2 minutes. Add livers and cook another 5 minutes, turning to brown the outsides.

Dilute tomato paste in the Vin Santo and water. Deglaze the pan with the liquid mixture. Add salt and freshly ground pepper to taste. Cook another 5 minutes, then remove from heat. Cool slightly.

Scrape down pan and transfer to a food processor, add capers and process until smooth. Drizzle in olive oil as needed to keep the mixture loose.

Brush bread with olive oil and toast on a cookie sheet in oven for 6-8 minutes.

Place the fegatini in small bowls, drizzle with olive oil and top with capers. Serve warm or at room temperature with the toasts.

App for That Toast

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The App: A selection of toasts prepared by Melissa Nyffler, chef and owner of Dinette in Seattle.

Front to back: Rapini pesto with Beecher’s sharp cheddar and Mama Lil’s spicy pickled peppers; La Quercia proscuitto with fig and anchovy spread; and smoked sardine with peperonata and Laura Chenel goat cheese.

Jameson’s Pick: 2009 Pazo Señorans Albariño

Wine Expert, Jameson Fink

Challenged with an assorted array of ingredients, you’ve got to pick one bottle of wine that works with all three toast appetizers. First, it’s ok to panic a little. Then, take a deep breath and think, ‘What do all these toasts have in common?’

Eureka, it’s salt!

Sharp cheddar, prosciutto, and smoked sardines require a refreshing pour to cleanse powerful, and salty, flavours.

Time for an Albariño, a refreshing grape from Spain’s Rias Baixas region. Perhaps the fact that its grapes grow close to the sea explains its affinity with salty foods.

Ponder this (and more) as you alternate between sips of this bracing, lively dry white wine and bites of savoury toasts.