Pate is like a meatloaf -- they can be made with various types of meats with or without nuts, fruits etc. My favorite is my grandmother's simple Pate De Campagne. A country pate made with easily accessible ingredients like pork sausage and chicken livers. Serve as an appetizer.
3whole bay leaves- the prettiest and flatest one's in the jar
3 1/2 - 4cupshot water
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cornichons are a traditional garnish. I like a little dijon mustard as well.