Paté de Campagne Recipe

Although this Paté de Campagne is fabulous as is posted below, there are so many variations on the great French favorite, you can let your imagination run wild, to suit your personal preferences and tastes. Here are some basics that must be present in a Paté: broiled chicken livers, some other meat such as poached chicken breasts, saute ground meat, fresh herbs, brandy.
I find all liver-based preparation quite perishable, so I pour my mixture in lots of tiny parchment loaves, and freeze all of them, taking out the loaves as I go along, allowing a few hours to thaw, or simply putting them in the refrigerator to thaw overnight. It is quite rich, so slice it thin, or else splurge on it and make it a meal, with a salad and a glass of Bordeaux, and have yourself a feast: Try it with my Arugala, Grapefruit and Roasted Beet Salad


  • 2 pounds broiled chicken livers (do not over cook please, or they get bitter)
  • 2 chicken breasts, poached in a little water until just tender
  • 1 pound ground lamb or beef, saute until no longer pink
  • 1 pound smoked turkey breast, unsliced
  • 3 shallots
  • 1 bunch flat parsley, leaves and stems
  • 1/2 cup rendered chicken or duck fat (store bought), or olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons Herbes de Provence (spice section)
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 tablespoon anise seeds
  • Good pinch cayenne
  • 1/4 cup green peppercorns in brine (spice section), drained
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup brandy, slivovitz or dark rum
  • Optional: 1/2 cup toasted and chopped pistachios


In a food processor, grind half the livers, chicken, beef and smoked turkey until perfectly smooth. Transfer to a bowl. Now add all your remaining liver, chicken breasts, meat, smoked turkey, shallots and parsley and grind coarsely, making sure the mixture retains a coarse texture. Add this mixture to the bowl, with all remaining ingredients, and combine thoroughly. Pack the mixture very tightly into small loaves (6 small, or 3 medium). Serve chilled. Freeze the unused portions for other meals

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