Greg Malouf's chicken livers recipe involves pressing the chicken livers into a terrine with dukkah, an Egyptian paste often accompanying bread and vegetables. Serve the chicken livers with a green salad for an elegant and delicious starter, brimming with Middle-Eastern influences.
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For the dukkah, place the roasted hazelnuts into a tea towel and rub them with your fingers to loosen and remove as much of the skin as possible
50g of roasted hazelnuts
Place a pan over a high heat and add the sesame seeds to the dry pan. Shake the sesame seeds around in the pan until lightly toasted. Remove from the pan and allow to cool. Repeat this process with the coriander and cumin seeds
8 tbsp of sesame seeds
4 tbsp of coriander seeds
3 tbsp of cumin seeds
Use a food processor to blend the hazelnuts, seeds, salt and pepper into a dry crumb mixture. Be careful not to blend too much as this will release the oils and turn it into an oily paste
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
To cook the baby leeks, bring a pot of salted water to the boil. Wash the baby leeks, remove any rough outer layers and trim to the length of the terrine mould. Drop into the boiling water for 3 minutes, strain and refresh in ice cold water for 5 minutes. Remove from the water and place on absorbent kitchen towel until required
For the livers, place a large pan over a high heat. Add enough ghee to generously coat the base of the pan. When the pan begins to smoke, add the chicken livers (you may need to do this in batches) and sear on both sides until golden brown in colour
125g of chicken livers
35ml of ghee
Season with salt and pepper. After 2 minutes, remove the livers and place onto a wire rack to cool. Be careful not to over cook the livers or you will end up with a dry terrine
Line a terrine mould with 4 layers of cling film and then line with the slices of prosciutto, each piece slightly overlapping
300g of prosciutto
Place half the chicken livers at the bottom of the terrine mould, sprinkle with a tbsp of the dukkah and a pinch of chopped fresh thyme. Pour over 2 tbsp of the ghee and season
1 pinch of fresh thyme
35ml of ghee
Place 5 leeks down the centre of the terrine, each one on top of the other, flatten and press into the livers. Cover with the remaining livers, then sprinkle with more dukkah and the remaining thyme. Pour over 100ml of ghee and fold over the cling film to seal
5 baby leeks
100ml of ghee
2 pinches of fresh thyme
Use a suitable template to fit into the terrine mould, sitting directly on top of the livers - cardboard or polystyrene will suffice. Weigh down with 4kg placed on top of the mould and refrigerate for 6 hours or overnight
For the dressing, combine the extra virgin olive oil, white wine vinegar and a drop of honey in a bowl
1 tbsp of white wine vinegar
1 drop of honey
2 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil
To serve, remove the terrine from the fridge and remove the weight. Remove the terrine from the mould by releasing the cling film at the top and agitating slightly to loosen. Cut the terrine into 2cm slices with a hot knife, being sure to remove all the cling film from each slice. Brush each slice of the terrine with the dressing and serve
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