Liver pâté

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Liver pâté
Type Spread
Main ingredients Ground pork liver, lard
Variations Ground chicken liver
Cookbook: Liver pâté  Media: Liver pâté

Liver pâté is a meat spread popular in northern and eastern Europe. Made from coarsely ground pork liver and lard,[1] it is similar to certain types of French and Belgian pâté.

Scandinavia[edit]

Baguette and rugbrød with leverpostej

Liver pâté is a popular food item in Scandinavia, where it is known as Leverpostej (Denmark), Leverpostei (Norway) and Leverpastej (Sweden) respectively. It is made from a mixture of pork liver, lard, onion, flour, egg, salt, pepper and spices, poured into a loaf pan and then baked in the oven. The liver is usually finely ground, but coarsely ground variations is also made. Typical spices includes allspice and some recipes also includes a small amount of cured anchovy.[2][3] In Norway, leverpostei is made with a bit of pork meat.

Leverpostej is served with bread in a variety of ways. It is served both hot and cold and can be bought premade in supermarkets, butchershops and delikatessen.

A popular everyday version is to spread cold leverpostej on a slap of rugbrød (Danish dark wholemeal rye bread) and eat it as an open faced sandwich. Swedes often use crispbread or limpa, a sweetened and spiced Swedish speciality bread.[citation needed] It may be topped with a variety of accompaniments, such as pickled beets or cucumbers, raw onions, fried onions, fried bacon or fresh slices of cucumber. In Sweden, fresh cucumber and a bit of dill is sometimes used. More extravagant variations include the smørrebrød known as Dyrlægens natmad.[4]

Warm servings of leverpostej is had with either rugbrød or white bread and is traditionally accompanied by pickled beets or gherkins and either fried bacon or sautéed mushrooms.

In Denmark, leverpostej was introduced in 1847 by the Frenchman François Louis Beauvais in Copenhagen.[5] At that time it was considered a luxury dish, and was expensive. Today, it is a common and most affordable food item.[6] In two 1992 surveys, Danes ranked leverpostej as their favorite sandwich topping.[7] Stryhn's is one of the main producers in Denmark with 85,0000 units produced daily. The company was established in 1945 on the isle of Amager, south of Copenhagen. For the past few decades, their Grovhakket ("coarsely minced") brand has been the most popular leverpostej in Denmark.[8][not in citation given][9]

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