This Liver Pâté recipe has 5 ingredients and could not be any easier! Add it all to a food processor, blend, and voila! A hearty, spreadable appetizer that goes perfect with Swedish Rye Bread. Or add it to your next Charcuterie Board! A vintage classic.

Liver pate in bowl with spices including salt, cracked pepper, and dill with olive oil drizzled on top.

I had never even heard of Pâté before marrying into Eric’s family. Small-minded, I refused to try it for years. I couldn’t get past the “liver” part. But eventually, after watching the older generation enjoy it with gusto at every holiday, I gave in, and was pleasantly surprised. It is rich and flavorful. Think of it like spreadable baloney. You don’t need a lot of it, a little goes a long way. It’s particularly delicious on a slice of toasted Rye bread, a classic in our family.

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liver pate on toasted rye bread while pouring on olive oil.

Braunschweiger dip

The secret of course is the Braunschweiger. It is a smoked, soft, and spreadable sausage, made from pork, pork liver, and bacon. It’s very flavorful all on it’s own. You just beat it up with some cream cheese, Worcestershire, some mustard and cayenne, and that’s it!

Most recipes for pâté are made with chicken livers. I looked up a few recipes and they all start out with “Buy 15 chicken livers” and I’m just like naw man, I’m out. Braunschweiger all the way. It tastes amazing and I don’t have to slide livers into a skillet. I’ve come a long way you guys, but I’m not crazy.

Liver pate in bowl surrounded by slices of rye bread.

A few weeks ago we had the missionaries from my church over for dinner. I asked them if they had had any terrible meals eating in people’s houses, and they said no, everyone has made really nice food.

Then they said, but we did have one terrible meal we cooked ourselves. We saw liver at the store for like a dollar a pound…so we bought some.

“And what did you do with it??”

“Heated it on the stove with some salt and pepper, then forked it in. It was nasty.”

So once again, thank your lucky stars that I am offering you this tasty pate recipe and not asking you to endure sautéed liver in the name of cheap food. 😂

Piece of flatbread covered in liver pate with olive oil and dill drizzled on top.

This pate might not make it onto my “final meal” list, but I think it might make it onto my mother-in-law Kris’s. It really is delicious, and very nostalgic because her mother made it for every holiday. We still make it every Christmas Eve as an appetizer to our Swedish Meatballs. Some years Kris even makes traditional Swedish Flatbread, a very thinly rolled out homemade cracker. She made some this year, and that’s what’s in the photo above. Any sort of cracker will do!

Liver Pâté ingredients

There are only five! Full recipe card is below.

Ingredients including braunschweiger, cream cheese, worcestershire sauce, cayanne pepper, and mustard powder.
  • Braunschweiger (you can usually find this in a well-stocked grocery store, located near Baloney lunchmeat)
  • cream cheese
  • Worcestershire
  • dry mustard powder
  • a bit of cayenne, it’s not spicy

How to make Pâté

It’s so easy guys. Braunschweiger, at least the John Morrell brand I buy, usually comes in a 16-ounce package, and we only need a half pound for this recipe. So chop it in half.

Prepping braunschweigher and ingredients for pate to be blended in food processor.

Add it to a food processor with about a half block of cream cheese, and a bit of Worcestershire sauce.

Braunschweiger, cream cheese, mustard powder, cayenne pepper, and worcestershire sauce in a food processor being being blended.

Then blend it up, scrape the sides, and voila!

blended pate in food processor.

That’s really it!

Garnish with black pepper, fresh dill, and a drizzle of olive oil if you want to be real fancy. Serve with Rye bread or crackers. Our family eats it with Flatbread, a homemade Swedish cracker with anise and other spices.

How to store liver pâté

Liver pâté keeps well in the fridge for about 5 days. If you plan to store any longer than that, freeze it in a well sealed container. It will keep for 2-3 months. Let thaw in the refrigerator.

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Liver Pâté Recipe

5 from 3 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 10
This Liver Pâté recipe has 5 ingredients and could not be any easier! Add it all to a food processor, blend, and voila! A hearty, spreadable appetizer that goes perfectly with Swedish Rye Bread. Or add it to your next Charcuterie Board! A vintage classic.

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces Braunschweiger
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • black pepper, optional
  • fresh dill, optional
  • olive oil, optional

Instructions

  • Slice the Brunsweiger in half, if you have 1 pound. Add it to the food processor.
  • Add 3 ounces of cream cheese. This is a little less than half of an 8 ounce block.
  • Add 1 tablespoon Worcestershire, 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard, and 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper. The cayenne adds flavor, not heat.
  • Blend well, scrape the sides, and blend a second time.
  • Scrape into a serving bowl. Garnish with black pepper, fresh dill, and a drizzle of olive oil if you want to be real fancy. Serve with Rye bread, crackers, or Swedish flatbread.
  • Store covered in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Nutrition

Calories: 100kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 241mg | Potassium: 69mg | Fiber: 0.01g | Sugar: 0.5g | Vitamin A: 126IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 0.3mg
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American, Swedish
Calories: 100
Keyword: liver, pate
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Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Can’t get enough of this! I can eat it by the spoonful with or without rye bread or flatbread. Thanks for posting it Karen. You’re a good sport for trying it and posting it! It’s definitely not on most people’s favorites list. Kind of like Tomato Aspic. 🙀

    1. Tomato Aspic is DEFINITELY next on my list for family heritage recipes!! ahaha!!! Can’t wait to see people’s eyes bug out of their head 😂😂

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