delicious patÉ recipes

easy to make and goes down a treat

If you want easy paté 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 'paté 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 paté 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 patés, but they are what gives the French pates their subtle flavours, which we all just love!

Making Paté

Traditionally patés 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 Paté 
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 Paté 
Once cooked your paté 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 it a few days ahead of time! 

Serving your Paté 
Your delicious home made paté 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 paté 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. 

Chicken liver paté

This is a lovely rich chicken liver paté that is so delicious, and 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.

Country paté

A delicious rough textured country paté rich and full of flavour. This is so delicious and you can make it at home 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 paté

A fish paté is a lovely addition to your hors d'oeuvres and this salmon paté recipe is delicious and appetising. It is so easy to make at home and will be loved by everyone.

Mushroom paté

A fresh mushroom paté 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!

Liver paté

Your hors d'oeuvres table is complete with this rich and tasty liver paté. 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!


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