If you want some easy pate recipes you can make at home these will give you some wonderful tasty hors d oeuvres or starters. They are also so substantial to use at home for a family supper. You can make the tasty every day 'pate maison' found in the cooked meat shops in France and they will not cost you a fortune.
Just by using a mixture of minced meats, you will soon get to know which mixes you like the best and so create your own flavours. The lovely thing about making your own pate is that you can choose the amount of seasoning, the garlic or the herbs, wine or flavourings that you add as a matter of personal taste for you.
Wines and spirits are not at all essential for your homemade pates but they are what gives the French pates their subtle flavours which we all just love!
Traditionally pates were made in an oval earthenware dish with straight sides and the lid had a hole in it. But you can use any ovenproof dish and if it has no lid, just cover with a piece of foil while it is baking! I often use a bread tin, this is very useful.
Lining the Dish
Quite often the dishes are lined with bacon. Unsmoked or mild bacon is stretched with a knife until it is very thin and then used to line the dish.
Cooking the Pate
The casserole dish is placed in a baking tin filled with hot water which reaches half way up the dish. This is called 'au bain-marie' or simply a water bath.
Keeping your Pate
Once cooked your pate will keep for at least a week in the refrigerator. It is always better to keep it for about 3 days before using for it to 'mature'. Then take it out of the refrigerator about an hour before using. This is great if you are preparing for a party as you can make if a few days ahead of time!
Serving Your Pate
Your delicious home made pate can be served for a formal meal as a starter. It can be sliced in thick slices. It can be left in the dish for people to help themselves with a spoon. Serve with hot thin toast or crusty French bread with butter if you like.
Your pate can also be sliced and served with a green salad for a light lunch or family supper. Wonderful!
You will always have wonderful food to give your family and friends with these pate recipes and they are very easy to do once you know how.
Check out these pate recipes - they are all very tasty!
Chicken Liver Pate
This is a lovely rich chicken liver pate which is so delicious and is one you can make at home very easily.
It will keep for a few days in the refrigerator so you can plan ahead and make it before you need it.
A delicious rough textured country pate rich and full of flavour. This is so delicious and you can make it at home so easily with this recipe. You can make it a few days ahead so it will be ready when you need it.
This is just recipe all your friends will want!
Salmon Pate Recipe
A fish pate is a lovely addition to your hors d oeuvres and this salmon pate recipe is delicious and appetising. It is so easy to make at home and will be loved by everyone.
A fresh mushroom pate recipe that will add a simple yet amazingly delicious addition to your starters. A smooth fresh smell and taste of mushrooms to spread on your freshly made toast or French crusty bread. Sheer bliss!
Your hors d oeuvres table is complete with this rich and tasty liver pate. Very easy to make and can be served with either green salads or freshly made toast or crusty French bread.
Make it a few days before you need it for it to mature and bring out all the flavours. Great for your parties as you can make it in advance!
Ideal cut in thick slices for a light lunch or family supper too!
Why not book yourself a holiday in France and taste original French pate for yourself!
'The Priory Orniols' is a beautiful relaxing bed and breakfast situated in 'hamlet of La Bastide' Goudargues Cèze north of Gardin the South of France.
You can relax and unwind in the most beautiful surroundings and enjoy meals inside or on the terrace. They even have an internet cafe!