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

This pared-down pâté is based on liverwurst. Use Usinger's or Schaller & Weber brand liverwurst for best results.

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.

Ratings & Reviews


November 23, 2016
I made this 2 days ago, so good and easy!! It's almost all gone!! Will make again!!

Very Tasty

January 10, 2016
Made this recipes couple of times before Xmas. It was quick to make and delicious. It froze well. Definitely a keeper!!!

zimmerec's Review

February 18, 2013
Oh. My. Gawd. So delicious. Big hit.

Evasears's Review

October 25, 2011
This recipe received rave reviews both times I served it. Easy to make and freezes well. I did not chop the cherries--just threw them in the food processor with everything else. I served it with a thinly sliced bagette.

Foodie125's Review

January 01, 2011
Awesome!!! Everyone (willing to try it) loved it. Very quick and easy to make. I used Lite Liverwurst to cut down on fat but it was still amazing.

PhilMA's Review

December 07, 2010
Excellent recipe! Very easy to whip up. I've made it twice already and both times it was a smashing success.

mlxhovis's Review

November 29, 2010
I made this for a TG party and it got rave reviews! The cherry and bacon add a lot of depth and play off the gamey liverwurst. This is such an easy recipe too. No need to bake it.