Crostini Alla Fiorentina

    Crostini Alla Fiorentina

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    About this recipe: This is a traditional Italian appetizer that is, essentially, liver pate served on toasted, rustic bread. This is a nice recipe for cocktail parties and wine tastings. For vegetarians in attendance, you can also prepare a version with finely chopped (and drained) herbed tomatoes as it is equally delicious. You can serve the dish hot or cold on toasted Italian bread.

    Serves: 4 

    • 3 tablespoons (45ml) olive oil
    • 1 teaspoon chopped yellow onion
    • 1 teaspoon celery, chopped
    • 1 chopped medium carrot
    • 2 cloves garlic, pressed
    • 110g chicken livers, rinsed and sliced into strips
    • 110g lamb or pork livers, rinsed and cut into strips
    • 1/2 cup (125ml) red wine
    • 1 tablespoon tomato puree
    • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
    • 3 anchovy fillets, chopped
    • 2 tablespoons (30ml) chicken stock or water
    • 1 tablespoon capers
    • 1 pinch salt and pepper to taste
    • 2 tablespoons butter

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:40min 

    1. Heat the oil in a skillet over low heat. Add the onion, celery, carrot and garlic; cook and stir for about 5 minutes until onions are soft.
    2. Pat the chicken and lamb liver dry, and add to the skillet. Fry over low heat until all sides are browned. Pour the red wine over the liver, and let it vaporize for a minute. Stir in the tomato puree, half of the parsley, anchovies, chicken stock, salt and pepper. Cover, and simmer for about 20 minutes.
    3. Use a hand-held blender to puree the liver mixture. If you don't have one, transfer to a food processor, and process until smooth. Return to the skillet, and stir in the butter, capers and remaining parsley.

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