Rustic French Pork and Chicken Pate

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O.K., this is a little bit of a project, but not too taxing for an adventurous home cook. How about making your own pâté for the holidays? Ask the butcher to grind three-fourths of the meat medium, and one-fourth very coarse. Otherwise, if you are using a home meat grinder, you will need to hand chop about one-fourth of the meat, so that the mixture is dotted with little cubes of meat and fat. This will ensure a juicy texture and a rough mosaic pattern in each slice.

Ingredients

  • 1 ¾

    pounds boneless pork shoulder, not too lean

  • ¾

    pound boneless chicken thighs

  • 3

    ounces pancetta or unsmoked bacon, sliced thick

  • 1 ½

    teaspoons kosher salt

  • ½

    teaspoon finely grated garlic

  • 1

    teaspoon finely chopped fresh sage

  • 1

    teaspoon finely chopped fresh thyme

  • ¼

    cup dry white wine

  • 1

    tablespoon Cognac or other brandy

  • ¼

    teaspoon black peppercorns

  • ¼

    teaspoon coriander seeds

  • teaspoon fennel seeds

  • 4

    cloves

  • Pinch freshly grated nutmeg

  • Pinch cinnamon

  • Pinch cayenne

  • 1

    bay leaf

  • Nutritional Information
    • Nutritional analysis per serving (8 servings)


      382 calories; 29 grams fat; 9 grams saturated fat; 0 grams trans fat; 12 grams monounsaturated fat; 4 grams polyunsaturated fat; 0 grams carbohydrates; 0 grams dietary fiber; 0 grams sugars; 25 grams protein; 119 milligrams cholesterol; 370 milligrams sodium

    • Note:

      The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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Preparation

  1. Make sure the meat is quite cold, then cut it in 1-inch strips. Grind .75 of the pork shoulder and chicken, plus half the pancetta, to a medium grind. (Or have your butcher do the grinding for you.)
  2. Grind the remaining pork, chicken and pancetta to a coarse grind, or cut by hand with a sharp knife into small cubes about 1/8 inch.
  3. Combine all the meat in a large bowl. Add the salt, garlic, sage and thyme. Pour the wine and Cognac over it, then knead seasonings into the mixture with a wooden spoon, your hands or the paddle attachment of a stand mixer.
  4. In a spice mill or mortar, grind the peppercorns, coriander seeds, fennel seeds and cloves to a fine powder. Add to the mixture, along with nutmeg, cinnamon and cayenne. Mix again.
  5. Heat the oven to 375 degrees. Pat the seasoned pate; mixture into a 2.5-quart loaf pan. Press the bay leaf on the surface, then cover the pan tightly with foil. (Refrigerate overnight if desired; bring to room temperature before baking.) Place in a deep-sided roasting pan and add hot water to reach half way up the dish. Bake on the middle shelf for about an hour, or until the internal temperature of the pate is 160 degrees.
  6. Carefully remove from the oven and cool in the loaf pan, then wrap well and refrigerate for at least 24 hours before serving. Keeps a week or more.
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