Country Pate'

While puppy sitting Teddy, I have been pouring through blogs. I found this recipe at Mary's blog: One Perfect Bite . She made it as a meatloaf but I chose to make it into a pate'. I make all sorts of pates so when I see a new recipe, I rush to try it. I am squeezing as much cooking in as I can while keeping an eye on Teddy at the same time. This is a very easy recipe and a great country pate'. I had almost everything I needed so I was good to go. I altered the recipe a bit.

I only had ground veal and beef. Mary's recipe called for pork and I would certainly add that the next time. I used 2 pounds of ground beef and 1 pound of veal in this recipe. I added 4 cloves of minced garlic and an assortment of fresh herbs from my garden. Basil, tarragon, rosemary, thyme and parsley.

I added a finely diced medium white onion, 2 teaspoons of sea salt, 1 tablespoon of cracked black pepper and 3 tablespoons of dark mustard.

Add 1 cup of panko breadcrumbs and 1 egg.

Mix this by hand until it is thoroughly combined. Mix it very, very well. It will become sticky. You want this to be very dense.

Line the bottom of your pate' pan or loaf pan with 4 bay leaves. I also sprayed it with Pam.

Pack the pan tightly with the meat mixture. Press it down to expel air pockets.

Cover the top with bacon.

Oops! First pour about 1/3 cup of port over the top. Poke holes so the port seeps in.

Place the lid on the tureen or cover your loaf pan with foil and cut a vent in the top. Bake it at 325 for about an hour and a half or until it reaches an internal temp of 170 degrees.

Here it is straight from the oven. You can see there is significant shrinkage. Leave it in the juice, cover and refrigerate overnight. The flavor will continue to intensify and some of the liquid will be reabsorbed.

While the pate's is "curing", I thought I would show you how the pup is spending her days.

Hey Teddy....your mascara is running.

She is beyond bored! She lays in front of the fan all day. That is my computer cord behind her. I sit next to her and my husband is on the chair. We take her out whenever she feels the need to move around.

Back to the pate'. Here it is the next day. You notice that fat has formed around the edges. Some people like to eat it with the fat. I scrape mine off. Underneath, gelatin has formed. You can dice it in cubes and serve it with the pate' if you wish.

Remove it from the pan. Hey, no one said pate' is attractive!

Slice it into 1/4 inch slices. I like to serve it with cornichons, pickled onions and dark mustard. You can add all sorts of other things too. Above you can see sliced radishes, brie, fresh mozzarella with pesto, Westphalian ham, salami, olives and roasted peppers.

Perfect country pate' texture.

Serve it with your bread of choice and it is a meal.


now i see why you liked that italian country board john and i got at Meze last Friday night. it looked alot like this...this looks wonderful....

i have that same loaf pan but in orange. i love how you poked in holes and drizzled in port. i am doing that next time..i like to cover it with bacon too...john just loves the bacon topped.

poor teddy...look at that she o.k. ? there just is not much you can do...she sure is getting great care from you guys....

sending get well wishes to teddy

kary and l'il teddy
This reminds me of a country pate that I use to buy in Florida at a real high-end wine shop. I can't wait to make it.
Anonymous said…
I´ve never done paté so perhaps this should be my first one.

But when I do something where the fat and gelatine is left over I usually mix it in to my dogs food, they loooove it :-)

Have a great day!
Anonymous said…
By the way, i do like that blog You gave me a link to :-)
Tournesol said…
That looks great! Perfect for a summer lunch. Definitely trying this one.
Anonymous said…
The pate looks delicious and the plate, well, it's good I wasn't around when you served it ; )
I hope Teddy will be feeling better soon and can do what she loves to do, potter around the garden with her mom ; )
Have a magical weekend and a great Lughnasadh / Lammas.
brokenteepee said…
I once won a word game with Westphalian Ham. No one believed it was real... heh heh

Glad Teddy is coming along well
~ Jayne ~ said…
Perhaps a slice of that pate would perk Teddy up!I am sure she's on a special diet though.I have never made one or a terrine : thanx for posting the technique.May both you & Teddy be frolicking through the Autumn leaves, very soon!
Michelle said…
I have never made this before, but it does look rather interesting. I hope Teddy gets the, "cone of shame", off soon. Poor baby.
Texan said…
I am way way behind on blogs these days, I just had to read back and see what happened to Teddy. Mercy she has had a rough time. But sounds like she will be all better soon! Hope she continues to heal without any events!
I discovered your blog on Critter Farm blog and I know I'll be back for more ideas. I've never made a pate and I can't think of a reason why that is. I'm definitely gonna try this (with the addition of some pork) although I don't have the "proper" pate terine . . . I'll just have to use the "poor man's version" this time. Thanks for the lesson!
Suzie said…
When I saw your first photo, I thought, "It is a work of art!" How gorgeous!!! I'm sure that it didn't look that beautiful for very long though!

Poor Teddy. .it will be interesting to see how she transitions from really feeling bad, to an act to continue getting the special treatment. .she is a very smart, clever girl. .I'd be very surprised if she doesn't try it!

When I was little, my kitty broke her leg. They didn't put casts on animals back then like they do now, and we had to carry her to her litter box, then back to her bed, feed her, so that she didn't have to stand, etc. and when she was declared will enough, we had to walk with her, to make sure that she didn't fall. .she limped for awhile.

Summer came, and with it, loads of butterflies to my Mom's gardens. .my kitty loved to chase them, and would go tearing across the lawn, leaping and twisting. .we would rap on the window, and down she would go, suddenly limping along, barely able to move, poor baby, every so often, glancing up at the window to see if we were still there. If we stepped back so that she couldn't see us, she would immediately go tearing across the lawn again. .what an act!

Teddy is probably laying there, right now, plotting how long she can milk this special attention. .once she gets that dang collar off, that is!
SharleneT said…
Oh, wow! I love pate and this looks delicious! And, if you don't have any Port, Kahlua or Brandy works very well. This definitely goes into my gotta try list. I would say poor little Teddy, but I suspect she's developing a nice little habit -- as if you don't cater to her every whim, already!

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