Bacon-Wrapped Country Pâté

Embrace your inner Frenchy and make this Pâté de Campagne, a rustic pork country pâté with a modern update from Brooklyn spot, Alameda.

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Mar 19 2018, 11:00pm

Prep: 40 minutes
Total: 24 hours

Ingredients

3 shallots, sliced
50 grams parsley stem
50 grams mushroom
12 grams cognac
1 pint white wine
500 grams lean pork
500 grams chicken thighs, cleaned up
package of bacon
500 grams pork fat back
50 grams foie scraps or chicken liver
4 sprigs thyme
20 grams kosher salt
5 grams pink salt (optional)
4 grams sugar
5 grams quatre épices
1 egg
1 cup cream

Directions

1. Day One: Sauté shallots, mushrooms, and parsley stems in butter. Deglaze with cognac and white wine. Cool on the countertop.

2. Cut meats into grinder-sized cubes. Mix with the shallot mix, thyme, salts, and spices.

3. Marinate overnight in refrigerator. Put the grinder gear and the paddle attachment for the Kitchen Aid in the freezer overnight.

4. Day Two: Heat the oven to 300° F. Line a terrine mold with thin strips of bacon. Remove the thyme and grind the meat on a medium die into a bowl set in a larger bowl on ice. It is very important that everything remains very cold throughout the entire process. Beat the egg into cold cream. In the Kitchen Aid mixer, paddle the egg/cream mixture into the ground meat and form an emulsion. When the mixture is properly emulsified, it will become homogenous and have a fuzzy appearance. Wet your hands with a little cognac and pack the mix into the bacon-lined terrine, pushing out air bubbles without disturbing the bacon lining.

5. Wrap the bacon over the top of the terrine and cook in a water bath to 140° F (it will rest up considerably), keeping in mind that the oven temperature should be 300° F. To make the water bath, you can use a roasting pan, or go buy one of the cheap aluminum roasting pans people use on Thanksgiving. You cook in a water bath until the center of the pate reaches 135°-140° F— approximately 1 hour—but will vary from oven to oven. I recommend using a probe thermometer that you can leave in the terrine while it is cooking. Take it out of the bath, let cool for a bit on the counter, and then press it overnight in the fridge with something heavy, like a gallon of milk or a case of beer. Its best to let it come up to room temp before serving.

From Chef's Night Out: Agatha Kulaga and Erin Patinkin of Ovenly