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Pate Continental

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Ingredients
  Beef liver 1 Pound
  Chicken livers 1⁄2 Pound
  Onion 1 Medium, chopped
  Butter/Margarine 2 Tablespoon
  Water 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Instant chicken broth/1 chicken bouillon cube 1 Teaspoon (1 Envelope)
  Eggs 2 , beaten
  Ground allspice 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Thyme leaf 1⁄4 Teaspoon, crumbled
  Bacon slices 5
  Beef aspic 1 Cup (16 tbs) (Adjust Quantity As Needed)
  Hard cooked egg 1 , shelled
Directions

1. Cut beef liver into chunks. Halve chicken livers.
2. Put both beef and chicken liver through a food chopper, using a fine blade; place the ground meat in a medium-size bowl.
3. Saute onion in butter or margarine until soft in a small skillet; stir in water and instant chicken broth or bouillon cube; heat to boiling, crushing bouillon cube, if used, with a spoon; stir into liver mixture along with eggs, allspice and thyme.
4. Place 3 slices of the bacon in a 5x3x2-inch loaf pan; spoon in liver mixture; top with remaining bacon. Cover pan tightly with foil.
5. Set loaf pan with liver mixture in a separate baking pan on oven shelf; carefully pour boiling water into baking pan to depth of about an inch.
6. Bake in moderate oven (350°) for 1 1/2 hours, or until the loaf starts to pull away from sides of pan; remove from pan of water; take off foil. Cool loaf, then chill overnight.
7. Make Beef Aspic.
8. Peel bacon from top of loaf; loosen loaf around edges with a knife; invert onto a plate; peel off remaining bacon. Wash pan and dry well.
9. Pour 1/4 cup of the aspic into loaf pan; place in a pan of ice and water to speed setting; chill just until sticky-firm.
10. While layer chills, halve hard-cooked egg lengthwise, cutting just through white. Remove yolk and slice it carefully; cut white into 8 or 10 tiny flower shapes with a truffle cutter. Arrange two of the egg-yolk slices (save remainder for egg salad) and all the egg-white cutouts in a pretty pattern on the sticky-firm aspic in 1 loaf pan; carefully pour in another 1/2 cup of the aspic; let set until sticky-firm.
11. Place pate loaf over aspic layer in pan; pour in enough of the remaining aspic to fill pan to rim. Remove from ice and water; chill in refrigerator at least 4 hours, or until aspic is firm. Pour remaining aspic into an 8x8x2-inch pan; chill until firm.
12. Just before serving, run a sharp-tip, thin-blade knife around top of loaf to loosen, then dip pan very quickly in and out of a pan of hot water. Cover loaf pan with a medium-size, chilled serving plate; turn upside down; gently lift off the loaf pan.
13. Cut remaining aspic layer into tiny cubes; spoon around pate loaf. Garnish with radish flowers and snips of radish leaves, if you wish, and serve with melba toast rounds or unsalted crackers.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
Continental
Course: 
Appetizer
Method: 
Baked
Ingredient: 
Beef

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