Pate en Croute

Summary

Yield
Servings
Prep time3 hours
RegionFrance

Description

Pate en CroutePate en Croute is nothing more than a pate baked in a crust, but it looks fabulous! The first trick is to find a mold - after that, the rest is easy.

All you do is line the mold with pastry and then bake the pate. The melted fat stays inside, topped up with aspic. You can make this with the Pate de Campagne but I think the pastry treatment deserves a finer pate like the one below.

Ingredients

1eaSour Cream Pastry (see recipe)
1⁄2lbuncured bacon
3lbPork Shoulder (diced)
2TQuatre-epices
2tGround Sage
1eaEgg Yolk
1 1⁄2cHam Aspic

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 300.
  2. Line the mold with the sour cream pastry, reserving about 1/5 for the top.
  3. Line the pastry with the bacon.
  4. Grind most of the meat with the sage and spices.
  5. Stir in the remaining diced meat, then lightly pack the bacon-lined, pastry-lined mold.
  6. Roll out the remaining pastry into a lid and pinch it sealed all around. Near the middle, poke a hole about the diameter of a pencil for steam to escape.
  7. If you have leftover pastry, you can cut it into leaves or other shapes to decorate the top.
  8. Mix the egg yolk with a little water and brush the pastry with the egg wash.
  9. Bake for two hours.
  10. Allow to cool for an hour.
  11. Pour aspic into to the pate through the hole in the top, to fill it.
  12. Chill thoroughly and serve cold.

Notes

The pate in the photo is the one that I made for the Old Colony Club Twelfthnight Gala. The pastry for that one is the "Raised Pork Pie" pastry in Charcuterie, but I found that hard to work with. I recommend the Russian Sour Cream Pastry because it is much easier to work with, and it's delicious.
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