This simple country pate is easy to make with chicken livers and pork sausage. It makes a classic French pate, that's a perfect party hors d'oeuvres for holidays and celebrations. Though this pork terrine looks fancy, it's more approachable than you might think.
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 pate mold (or 8x 4.5" loaf pan) by lining it with slices of uncooked bacon, draping the excess over the side. Cut slices of bacon and press them to the other three sides of the terrine or loaf pan.
Ladle the pate mixture into the terrine mold and cover tightly with the lid or aluminum foil. If using aluminum, use a sharp knife to make several slits in the aluminum so steam can escape.
Place the terrine in a pan with high sides and set the pan in the oven. Carefully pour the hot water into the pan until the water comes up about halfway on the pate mold. Bake for one hour and ten minutes. After baking, let the liver and pork terrine rest in the water bath for 30 minutes.
Carefully remove the pâté from the water bath and let cool to room temperature. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Pâté is best when the flavors marry for several days before serving.
To unmold the pate, fill the high-sided pan with hot tap water and rest the terrine in the water for several minutes to loosen the pate from the mold. Use a sharp knife to loosen the edges. Turn the pate out onto a platter or dish.
Serve with crackers,crostini and/or crudite, cornichons and whole grain dijon mustard.
Cornichons are a traditional garnish. I like a little dijon mustard as well.