Crostini di fegato (Chicken liver crostini)
Cut the onion into rings and fry in the oil the chopped carrot and celery. Clean
and wash the chicken livers, chop them roughly, add to the fried ingredients and
brown well. If they dry out too much, moisten with a little stock or white wine,
but allow it to evaporate well. Cook for twenty minutes, then remove from heat.
Add the capers, anchovy fillets, chopped sage leaves and butter. Using a large
kitchen knife, chop the entire mixture very finely. Lightly toast the slices of
bread and spread with the liver paste. If the slices of bread are crisped under
a grill, they may be moistened with a spoonful of stock before spreading with
the liver mixture. I like my crostini crispy, however, so prefer not to do so.
The liver paste could also be served in an attractive bowl, surrounded with crisply toasted bread and decorated with herbs. Originally this spread was called peverada and was made using saffron which was widely grown in the countryside around the city.