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A question about a recipe: Winter Spring Summer Fall Chicken Mousse

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I have a question about step 2 on the recipe "Winter Spring Summer Fall Chicken Mousse" from boulangere. It says:

"Add the chicken livers and cook until just until they are still a bit rosy on the inside, about 5 minutes. Add Grand Marnier and set aflame to burn off the alcohol quickly so that the chicken livers do not overcook. Remove pan from heat when flame subsides, and allow mixture to cool to room temperature."

Just how pink should they be? And do they cook further while cooling? Or should I get them out of the pan right away?

asked by sarah k. over 3 years ago
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Dscn2212
boulangere

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added over 3 years ago

No, you're in no danger. But if you look through Amanda and Merrill's photos of their preparation, they spread the mixture out onto a sheet pan and cooled it in the fridge. It doesn't need to be cold when you add the cream, just not hot. I hope you like it!

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added over 3 years ago

So far, the smell makes me want to cry. I think, of all the herbs, I'm in love with thyme the most. I followed every step closely, but the livers are cooled off now, and still pink in the middle, compared to the outside. I sliced each one to compare, and some are definitely more on the grey side of pink, but some are rosy. Is that OK?

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added over 3 years ago

Also, I can't make the photos load. Prolly my stupid computer, but they just don't come up.

Chris_in_oslo
Greenstuff

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added over 3 years ago

Sara k., some of them being gray and some rosy sounds perfect. You just don't want them bloody.

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added over 3 years ago

Phew. No blood. I obviously have so much experience with livers. Thanks for the help!

Dscn2212
boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

added over 3 years ago

You're doing great!

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added over 3 years ago

Of course I forgot to add the salt and pepper before turning it into the ramekins, but I have fixed that. It's really lovely. I plan to serve it tonight with baguette toasts, cornichons, quince paste, and a chicken Caesar salad.

Now, for some ideas to use the rest of that giant bottle of Grand Marnier!

Dscn2212
boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

added over 3 years ago

Congratulations! Your dinner sounds beautiful.

As for the rest of the bottle, try this; it'll use up a bit of it:

Dscn2212
boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

added over 3 years ago

Forgot to add the link: http://www.food52.com/recipes...

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added over 3 years ago

I so wish I'd thought of asking before I went to the store this afternoon. I could do that right now! I guess it'll have to wait till next week. Sigh.

Dscn2212
boulangere

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added over 3 years ago

You're in luck - Grand Marnier keeps exceptionally well!