On this page, I would like to share a recipe for homemade Danish Liver Pate or Leverpostej as it is called in Danish. Danish liver pate is probably one of the most traditional Danish food that you can serve together with the Danish rye bread.
Homemade Danish liver pate is mainly based on pork liver and pork fat and then some extra ingredients like onions, eggs, milk and flour. Making a homemade liver pate is super simple and does not require any professional cooking skills.
The ingredients for Danish liver pate
As just said, making a homemade liver pate is actually easy. I can only imagine that the most difficult part is to get a hold of the ingredients. In Denmark bigger supermarkets always have raw pork liver and pork fat on stock in the freezers.
See also: How to make a Danish Hotdog
Outside Denmark, you might be able to find these ingredients at your local butcher. None of the ingredients are that special but you still might need to order them in advance from your butcher.
If you know how to find raw liver and pork fat in your home country, I am sure other people would like to hear from you in the comment section below.
Danish Liver pate and Danish rye bread
The best way of serving this liver pate is together with some Danish rye bread, some crisp bacon and some pan fried mushrooms. You can serve a Danish liver pate hot or cold. However, I absolutely prefer my liver pate hot on a slice of rye bread. If you are looking for a recipe for Danish Rye Bread then I have two recipes here on my blog - an easy version and a traditional version. If you have never tried danish rye bread below I suggest the easy version.
Another way of serving liver pate is on a slice of white toast bread. This is especially popular during Christmas time.
You can find recipe for a lot of very traditional Danish food here on my blog, just click the traditional Danish section.
Recipe for Danish Liver Pate
Making some homemade Danish liver pate is actually easy. The first thing you have to do is to prepare the pork liver, pork fat and the onions. This is done by running the three ingredients through a meat grinder minimum two times. This will make a nice liver, fat and onions mixture.
Now add eggs, milk, all-purpose flour, salt and pepper.
Mix all the ingredients well together. That is it - this is how easy it is to make a Danish Liver mixture, now we only need to cook it in a water bath in the oven.
Transfer the liver pate to two rectangle foil trays and place them in a large ovenproof pan. Fill the oven pan with water so that the water level reaches the middle of the foil trays. This water bath will make a good heat transfer from the oven to the liver pate.
Now bake the liver pate at 175 C (350 F) for about 35 minutes. The baking time might vary a little due to the size of the foil trays, which might be different from case to case. The core temperature should be around 75 C (176 F).
You might measure this core temperature the first time and then note the total cooking time for the future.
Danish Liver Pate
- 500 g raw pork liver
- 250 g hard pork fat (like pork fatback or leaf fat)
- 2 onions
- 2 eggs
- 2 dl milk
- 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- Use a meat grinder to grind the raw pork liver, pork fat and onions into a uniform mixture.
- Add the eggs, milk, flour, salt and pepper and mix it well with the lever mixture. The liver mixture is now ready to be cooked in to a delicious liver pate.
- Pour the liver pate into two or three foil trays
- Place the foil trays in an ovenproof pan and fill the pan with water until the water level reaches the middle of the foil trays.
- Bake the liver pate at 175 C (350 F) for about 35 minutes. The core temperature should be around 75 C (176 F) when it is ready to be served. If the liver pate takes too much color on the top, you can cover it with some aluminum foil.