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Madou’s pâté de campagne

December 28, 2015
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Photo by garlic and zest
  • Makes 3 small pates or 1 large
Author Notes

This savory liver and sausage pâté is simple to make and satisfies a crowd. —garlic and zest

What You'll Need
  • 1 pound chicken livers
  • 1 pound fresh country sausage (I use Jimmy Dean- regular)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon dry milk powder
  • 1 cup kosher salt, divided
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 ounce gin (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 1 tablespoon fines herbes or herbes de provence
  • 3 whole bay leaves - the prettiest and flatest one's in the jar
  • 3 1/2 - 4 cups hot water
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Clean the chicken livers, by removing any excess fat and cutting away any large veins. Transfer livers to a mini-prep food processor and pulse several (8-10) times until the livers are well chopped, but not completely smooth.
  2. In a large bowl combine the chicken livers and the sausage. Use your hands to blend the sausage into the chicken livers until they are well combined and their are no large chunks. Add the egg, nonfat dry milk, herbs, salt, pepper, nutmeg and gin. Use your hands again to completely combine the ingredients together. Set aside.
  3. Prepare the loaf pan or if you have a pate mould with a vented lid, use it. You can make one large pâté or several smaller ones. For one large pâté use an 8 1/2" x 4 1/2" x 2 1/2" loaf pan. For three smaller (gifting size) pates use a 5 3/4" x 3 1/2" x 2" loaf pan.
  4. Place a bay leaf, pretty side facing down in the center of the loaf pans (If you're making a large pâté, arrange all three bay leaves decoratively in the pan.
  5. Ladle the pate into the loaf pans and cover tightly with aluminum foil. With a sharp knife make several slits in the aluminum so steam can escape.
  6. Place the loaf pan in a 13" x 9" x 2" pan and set the pan in the oven. Carefully pour the hot water into the 13 x9 inch pan until the water comes up about halfway on the loaf pan. Cook the smaller pâtés for about 50 minutes in the water bath. For the large pâté, cook for an hour and 10 minutes.
  7. Carefully remove the pâtés from the water bath and let cool to room temperature. Refrigerate overnight. Pâté is best when the flavors marry for several days before serving.
  8. To serve, run a sharp knife around the edges of the pate and flip it out onto a serving dish. Serve with crackers,crostini and/or crudite.

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1 Review

Susan T. May 28, 2021
The salt was way out of bounds. Luckily I only put a tablespoon and it was just right. also, I didn't see why the salt measurement was divided??? I know my eyesight is bad but what am I missing?? It would have been nice to have an internal temperature reference. I cooked it to 160 and haven't tasted it yet but hope its ok. Usually love your recipes and methods.