Yield
12 servings (serving size: about 2 1/2 tablespoons)
Photo: Jonny Valiant; Styling: Deborah Williams

How to Make It

Step 1

Place cherries in a small saucepan with just enough water to cover; bring to a simmer over medium heat. Cook 3 minutes or until soft. Drain cherries; cool slightly, and finely chop.

Step 2

Cook bacon in a small skillet over medium heat until crisp; remove bacon from pan, reserving 1 tablespoon drippings in pan. Finely chop bacon.

Step 3

Add shallots, thyme, salt, pepper, garlic, and bay leaf to drippings in pan; cook 2 minutes or until softened, stirring occasionally. Remove pan from heat. Add cognac, scraping pan to loosen browned bits.

Step 4

Remove and reserve bay leaf. Place shallot mixture, cream cheese, and liverwurst in a food processor; process until smooth. Place in a small bowl; stir in bacon and cherries. Place bay leaf on top of pâté. Cover surface of pâté with plastic wrap; chill at least 8 hours. Sprinkle with pistachios before serving, if desired.

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