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Country Style Pate - American Test Kitchen Recipe
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
1 hr

Country Style Pate - rich, incredibly flavorful pate recipe goes great with a fresh crusty baguette and a pickle. If you've never made this at home, do it at least once. Step by step pictures will be there to guide you every step of the way. 

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: country style pate
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 253 kcal
Author: Marina | Let the Baking Begin
  • 1 Tbsp. Unsalted Butter
  • ½ cup diced shallots or yellow onion
  • 1 lb. pork ground
  • ½ lb bacon diced finely
  • 4-8 strips bacon thin or regular thickness
  • 6 oz. chicken livers trimmed and cut into small ½" pieces
  • 1 egg large
  • 2 Tbsp heavy whipping cream
  • 2 Tbsp minced fresh thyme leaves
  • 3-4 cloves garlic minced (about 1 Tbsp)
  • Tbsp kosher salt
  • 2-3 fresh or dried bay leaves
  • 2-3 Tbsp cooked diced carrots
  • 2 Tbsp diced pickles/cornichons
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  1. In a skillet sweat the onion with the butter over medium heat until translucent, about 3 minutes .
  2. Combine ground pork, diced bacon and chopped liver until evenly distributed.
  3. In a separate bowl mix the egg, heavy whipping cream, garlic, thyme, ground pepper and salt.
  4. Now bring the meat mixture, heavy cream mixture, diced carrots, cornichons and onions together and mix thoroughly.
  5. Place 1 bay leaf into the bottom of each 3" x 6" mini loaf pan, or 2-3 leaves if you're using one 4" x 9". Line the form with bacon, slightly overlapping, and allowing the ends to hang over the form. You will later wrap the filling with the ends that overhang. I cut each strip in half, instead of using the whole strip, which I regretted later.
  6. Drop the baking form against a counter several times, to bring out any bubbles that might have formed and to compact the meat mixture in. Cover the filled loaf pan with foil and wrap the ends tightly against the sides of the pan. Now put the filled loaf pans into a 3 inch rimmed baking pan. Fill the baking pan with hot boiling water until it comes halfway to the filled loaf pans. Put the baking a probe thermometer in the middle of one of the filled pans and extend the cord to the outside of the oven.
  7. Place in preheated to 350F oven and bake until the thermometer registers 165F.

  8. Remove the baking pan from the oven. Remove loaf pans, discard the liquid. Place the loaf pans back into the baking dish. Place something flat on top (like a cutting board) and put something heavy on top to compress the terrine and make it less crumbly when cutting. When the terrine has cooled to room temperature, remove the weight, clean the outside of the loaf pans and refrigerate for about 5-6 hours or overnight.
  9. When ready to serve, place the loaf pan into a bowl of hot water for about 20-30 seconds. Unwrap the foil from the top, place a plate or serving board on top and with one swift motion invert the terrine onto the plate. For cleaner cuts, dip a knife into hot water, wipe it and then cut the terrine into slices. Serve with pickles and fresh loaf of bread.
Nutrition Facts
Country Style Pate - American Test Kitchen Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 253 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 114mg38%
Sodium 1138mg49%
Potassium 208mg6%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Protein 13g26%
Vitamin A 1680IU34%
Vitamin C 3.1mg4%
Calcium 13mg1%
Iron 1.8mg10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.