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Author Notes: With the addition of aromatics this pate is the perfect accompaniment to a Banh Mi, and a hard to resist snack all on its own. —GoodforthePalate
Makes 1 24oz terrine
- 1 pound ground pork shoulder or butt
- 1 pound chicken liver
- 1 1/2 pounds pork fat back
- 15 pieces raw bacon
- 2 cloves crushed garlic
- 2 large minced shallots
- 1 whole egg
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 1/2 tablespoons fish sauce
- 1 1/2 tablespoons cognac
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1 pinch ground cloves
- 1 pinch ground allspice
- 1 pinch fresh ground nutmeg
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- Clean livers by placing on a cutting board and holding onto the sinewy parts. Using the back of a knife scrape the meaty part gently away from the sinew. You will see the webs of sinew and be able to discard them.
- (skip this step if using pre-ground spices) If you can use fresh spices grind them together with a mortar and pestle or coffee grinder.
- Grind together the chopped liver, pork, fat back, garlic and shallots. Grind twice for a smoother texture. If using food processor, pulse until all ingredients are combined.
- In a bowl fold meat mixture and remaining ingredients together, except for the bacon.
- Preheat oven to 350 ? F. In a 24oz. pate terrine or a 8x4x31/4 loaf pan lay bacon strips, overlapping slightly. Let it hang over the sides of your pan. Fill pans with meat mixture and fold over the remaining bacon.
- Place pate in a large roasting pan and fill it with water till it reaches about 2/3 up the sides of the loaf pan. Bake pate for 1 to 11/2 hours at or until the internal temperature reaches about 150 ? F.
- Allow the pate to remain in the fat in the pan while it cools.
- The pate will last in the fridge for about 5 days.