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French Country Pate

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Ingredients
  Vegetable oil 1 Teaspoon
  Bacon (streaky) rashers 8 , rinded
  Pig liver 1 Pound (450 Gram)
  Chicken liver 1 Pound (450 Gram)
  Pork belly 8 Ounce (225 Gram)
  Fresh white breadcrumbs 6 Ounce (175 Gram)
  Eggs 2 , beaten
  Garlic 2 Clove (10 gm), crushed with 1/2 teaspoon salt
  Salt 1⁄2 Teaspoon (For Crushing With Garlic)
  Red wine 3 Fluid Ounce (85 Milliliter)
  Brandy 2 Tablespoon
  Chopped fresh thyme/1 teaspoon dried 2 Teaspoon
  Coarsely chopped blanched almonds 2 Ounce (50 Gram)
  Pepper To Taste
  Parsley sprigs 6 (To Garnish)
Directions

GETTING READY
1) Heat the oven to 160°C.325°F. Gas Mark 3.
2) Grease a 1 kg/2 lb loaf tin.
3) Stretch the bacon rashers with a knife, and line them on base and sides of the loaf tin.

MAKING
4) In a large bowl, mince together the pig liver, chicken liver and pork.
5) Mix in the bread crumbs, eggs, garlic, wine, brandy, thyme and almonds, with pepper to taste.
6) Level the entire mix into the loaf tin and cover with foil
7) Place the tin in a roasting pan and pour boiling water in the pan till it comes up to halfway the sides of the tin.
8) Place in oven and bake for 2 1/2 hours till the pate has shrunk from the sides of the tin. To check it you can also by inserting a skewer in the pate and the juices are slightly pink.
9) Discard the excess fat, cool and then refrigerate.

SERVING
10) Cut thick slices and garnish with parsley. Can be served with French bread or whole meal toast.

TIPS
To freeze, cool and loosen the pate from the edge of the loaf tin.
Turn it out on a piece of foil, wrap well, place in a sealable bag and freeze for up to 2 weeks.
When ready to serve, allow to thaw overnight in the refrigerator and then slice.
For a gamey flavor, instead of thyme and almonds use 8 crushed allspice or juniper berries and 1 teaspoon mustard powder.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Medium
Cuisine: 
French
Course: 
Main Dish
Method: 
Baked
Ingredient: 
Meat
Interest: 
Everyday
Preparation Time: 
30 Minutes
Cook Time: 
150 Minutes
Ready In: 
180 Minutes

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