French for pie, pate is a smooth, well-seasoned mixture of ground meats served chilled as an appetizer.
Rinse chicken livers under cold running water; remove fat and connective tissue. In a skillet heat oil. Cook livers with mushrooms, apple, onion, garlic, thyme, salt, and pepper until livers are browned and cooked through, stirring often. Add cider or juice; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, until liquid is nearly evaporated. Transfer to a food processor bowl. Cover; process until smooth. Press mixture through strainer. Spoon into serving dish or individual ramekins. Cover and chill for at least 6 hours or for up to 3 days.