PATE de CAMPAGNE
aka ULTRA FANCY MEATLOAF
one of the most satisfying foods i love/hate to make. every time i make it, i curse at myself for the time and detail i go into and how i can make this one even better than the last one, BUT when it’s time to unveil and i get that first perfect slice. OR hear someone say, “did you really make this?”
oh, there’s nothing like it….pure satisfaction of the beautiful specimen set in front of me…and “I” made it.
i must say, when it comes right down to it, there is no exact recipe…..like your Mom’s meatloaf probably doesn’t have an exact recipe…she just knows how to throw it together and it always comes out right. every pate is just a little bit different, but the general ingredients and instructions tend to stay the same.
for this pate i will give you my measurements that fit perfectly in a “Pullman’s”loaf tin
. these measurements are not set in stone. you can work them a little bit to suit your taste. as for the size? you want to properly fill one loaf tin and if you have a little left over?…so what. make little patties and enjoy right away because you will be waiting for the pate for a few days.
PATE de CAMPAGNE
fits in 9″x4″x4″ pullman’s loaf tin.
879g pork shoulder, cut into i-2 inch pieces (3 to 3.25 lb.)
232g ground pork (1/2lb.)
62g raw chicken liver trimmed (2 1/4 oz)
50g shallot, finely diced
3 cloves garlic, finely diced
2 1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp quatre epices (recipe below)
1 lrg. tsp dried rosemary, crushed or chopped fine
approx 1/8-1/4 cup minced parsley
ADD-INS…5 cooked, sauteed chicken livers chopped into small pieces
1/3-1/2 cup shelled pistachios
2-3 oz of smoked ham steak cut into long thick slices
FOR THE GLUTEN DAIRY FREE PANADE
3 TBSP OAT FLOUR
2 EGGS, slightly beaten
1/4 CUP COCONUT MILK
3 TBSP COGNAC OR BRANDY
or BACON SLICES for the exterior
i have done the bacon wrap many times and it makes for a great presentation, although the bacon does not crisp…just to let you know. Bacon wrapped Pate shown HERE
BUT…this time i found “caul fat” and had so much fun. it was a bit difficult hunting it down, but when i finally got to work with it i fell in love with it’s weirdness. i like the presentation and flavor better than the bacon…can you believe i just said “better than bacon”?
put the pork shoulder, the ground pork and the raw liver in a bowl. take 2/3 and process it in a food processor until chunky. remove from processor and put in the other 1/3 mixture. process this a little more than the first batch. mix the two batches of meat with the shallot, garlic, salt, quatre epices and dried rosemary.
saute your chicken livers and set aside. when cool give them a little chop and set aside.
in separate bowl, mix together your gluten free panade.
now mix the panade into the meat.
add in the cooked chopped chicken liver and minced parsley.
now comes the IMPORTANT part…TASTE TEST. cook a small amount in a skillet and check for seasoning. pates need a little extra salt so if the test is “well” seasoned your good to go.
preheat the oven to 325F. place a few bay leaves on the bottom of a slightly buttered loaf tin or pate mold of choice. line the bottom and sides with caul fat or bacon slices or you can just use heavy plastic wrap. make sure you have enough over-hang to cover the top.
note…put some water on the stove to heat for a bain marie.
pack the mixture into your desired vessel. put the meat in, pressing down so there are no air pockets. don’t forget to put the long thin slices of ham and the pistachios intermittently throughout the pate mixture…don’t over do it. you just want it to be seen. smooth the top and tap it on the counter to solidify and get rid of air pockets. cover top with “over-hang” of caul fat, bacon or plastic wrap. put a small piece of parchment on the top and cover tightly with aluminum foil.
place the pate loaf tin/dish into a larger heatproof baking dish and add enough hot water to come 1/2 way up the sides of the pate. put in preheated 325F oven for approx. 1 1/2 – 2 hours, or until the pate reaches an internal temperature of 160F degrees. juices should be clear.
remove from oven and water bath. let rest for about 30 minutes, then place some weights on top. i keep a tinfoil covered brick on hand or 2 heavy cans of something will work with a flat piece of aluminum covered cardboard to fit on top of the meat. when it is room temp. place in fridge (with weights) overnight or another day is even better. the weights can come off after a few hours when the pate is good and cold and set.
serve room temperature or chilled with baguette, cornichons and dijon.
OR my favorite…slice and sear in skillet to add to a burger, serve with a poached egg for a decadent brunch or make Pate Paninis with melted brie and sliced pear or apple…YUM !
QUATRE EPICES SEASONING
1/2 tsp pepper, 1/2 tsp ground cloves, 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg, and 1/4 tsp ground ginger.