Chicken Liver Parfait, Pickled Watermelon Rind & Herbs

by Sally Abé

Canapé Medium ​​​​​​​ 10 ​​​​​​​ Prep/Cook: 1 hour 30 minutes, plus 48 hours pickling


400g of chicken livers

50ml of brandy

50ml of Madeira

4 gelatine leaves

140ml of water

50g of butter



1 mini watermelon

200ml of distilled malt vinegar

200ml of water

200g of caster sugar

1 knob of ginger, sliced

1 tbsp of black peppercorns

1 tbsp of coriander seeds

10 slices of baguette, sourdough

6 radishes, mixed colours

1/4 cucumber

edible flowers

nasturtium flowers and leaves

salad burnet


1. Begin by pickling the watermelon. Peel the dark green outer layer from the watermelon then cut in half. Cut into wedges 2–3cm in thickness and cut away the pulp of the watermelon, leaving about 2mm of the fruit on the rind. Cut each slice into chunks

2. Bring a pan of salted water to the boil and cook the rind for 4–5 minutes until just beginning to soften. Drain and transfer into a clasp-top jar

3. Place the water, sugar, vinegar, ginger, peppercorns and coriander in a pan and bring to the boil. Boil until all the sugar has dissolved then leave to cool slightly before pouring over the watermelon rind and closing the lid. Refrigerate for 48 hours

4. Next make the parfait. Let the livers come to room temperature and soak the gelatine in cold water until softened. Place the brandy and Madeira in a small pan and reduce by half, then add the water and bring to the boil

5. Place the livers in a blender and begin to blitz. Pour in the boiling liquid, season with salt and pepper and add the squeezed gelatine. Continue to blitz until the temperature reaches 68°C on a thermometer, then quickly blend in the butter and pass through a fine sieve. Chill in a bowl over ice for at least 4 hours until set

6. Preheat the oven to 160°C/gas mark 3

7. Toast the slices of bread in the oven for around 10 minutes until golden brown. Leave to cool

8. Slice the radishes and cucumber into thin slices on a mandoline and slice the watermelon rind into pieces

9. Whisk the parfait until smooth then transfer to a piping bag

10. Pipe dots of the parfait onto each slice of bread and arrange the slices of radish, watermelon and cucumber. Garnish with the mixed herbs and flowers and serve