Sunday, November 15, 2015

Country Style Whiskey Pate with Yard Eggs

Pates are really fun to make and there are infinite varieties.  The best part is that they are inexpensive and impressive! For this one I'm going with a rustic style, which means the meat is corse ground instead of emulsified. I also did not use any liver, only because I didn't have any when I started to make it. If you want liver simply subtract 1/4 pound of pork and add 1/4 pound of finely ground or emulsified pork or chicken liver. 

2-pounds course ground fatty pork 
8-slices of bacon
3-boiled eggs
2-tablespoons curing salt
1-teaspoon cayenne powder
3-bay leaves for garnish
Fresh thyme for garnish 
1/2 cup of whiskey, cognac or dry white wine
Add the following to a spice grinder and grind until very fine

2- bay leaves
2-tablespoons black peppercorns 
1-teaspoon coriander seeds
1-teaspoon caraway seeds
1-teaspoon mustard seed
2- sprigs fresh thyme

We start by mixing all your dry and wet ingredients together with the pork. Mix until well incorporated and the mixture is sticky. Next we line the pate pan with bacon. You can also use cald fat, but bacon is a lot easier to find. This keeps the pate from sticking to the pan. Some people like the bacon in the final product some don't. I leave it on and let my guests decide if they like it or not. 

Fill the pate pan halfway with the pork mixture and add the boiled eggs down the center. 
Stuff the rest of the pork mixture tightly around and over the eggs. Make sure to get it in all the nooks and crannies. 
Flip your bacon ends over and garnish with bay leaves and some fresh thyme. 

Cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. 
The next day remove the plastic wrap put on the lid and place in a large casserole dish. Fill the casserole dish with water until it is halfway up the sides of the pate pan.  
Place in a 325 degree oven for 45 minutes. Then reduce the heat to 300 and  cook for one more hour. Remove from water bath. 
Once cooled, refrigerate overnight and now it's ready to serve! 

Slice into half inch slices and serve with homemade mustard and pickled condiments! 

Cheers and enjoy! 

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