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Paté en croute (terrine in a pie crust)

Paté en croute (terrine in a pie crust)

The French classic "Paté en croute" is a terrine of different meats layered and baked in a pie crust. There are many recipes which vary the kind of meat and the seasonings. This is my version with pork, veal and chicken, which is not too difficult, though it does entail quite a lot of work.

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Last modified on: September 7th 2018

For 1 paté, you will need:

How long does it take?

PreparationRestingCookingStart to finish
2 hours 29 min.1 hour3 hours 20 min.6 hours 49 min.
Preservation: Several days in the fridge protected with plastic film.
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Step by step recipe

1 Paté en croute (terrine in a pie crust) : Photo of step #1The day before

Prepare 300 g Shortcrust pastry (pâte brisée) (unsweetened). Wrap in stretch plastic film and leave in the fridge.
10 min.
2 Paté en croute (terrine in a pie crust) : Photo of step #2Rehydrate 30 g dried morels. 30 min.
3 Paté en croute (terrine in a pie crust) : Photo of step #3Cut 300 g veal into strips about 1 or 2 cm ( ½ to 1 inch) thick.

Do the same with 300 g chicken breast.

Chop 300 g pork loin into large dice.
20 min.
4 Paté en croute (terrine in a pie crust) : Photo of step #4Chop 300 g ham into large dice. 3 min.
5 Paté en croute (terrine in a pie crust) : Photo of step #5Prepare the marinade:

Chop 100 g onion and 1 garlic clove.

Put the pieces of chicken, veal, ham and pork loin into a large bowl.

Sprinkle them with 50 ml Brandy (Cognac or Armagnac) and 50 ml Port, add the chopped garlic and onion, 1 bayleaf and thyme. Salt and pepper lightly and mix well.

Cover with plastic film and leave to marinate in the fridge overnight.
40 min.
6 Paté en croute (terrine in a pie crust) : Photo of step #6On the day

Chop the shallot. Put 2 tablespoons olive oil into a saucepan on medium heat and when hot, add the chopped shallot, salt and pepper.

Cook for 1 minute the add the drained mushrooms and cook these for 2 minutes. Then add 50 ml cream and leave to thicken on low heat.
20 min.
7 Paté en croute (terrine in a pie crust) : Photo of step #7Pick the parsley leaves off the stalks and only keep the leaves. 2 min.
8 Paté en croute (terrine in a pie crust) : Photo of step #8Put through the mincer (coarse setting) the pork loin, ham, parsley, onions/garlic and the liquid from the marinade as well as the mushrooms and cream.

You should now only have the chicken and veal left to deal with.
10 min.
9 Paté en croute (terrine in a pie crust) : Photo of step #9Add 2 eggs, 6 g fine (or table) salt and 1 g pepper to the minced mixture.

These proportions are correct if you are using 300 g of pork loin (the ham is already salted), otherwise use this small calculator:
Weight of meat: g
Salt : g Pepper : g
3 min.
10 Paté en croute (terrine in a pie crust) : Photo of step #10Roll out the shrotcrust pastry into a large rectangle and sit your paté mould (a loaf tin works well) on top of it. Cut a triangle of pastry out of each corner so that it will fit neatly in the mould. 5 min.
11 Paté en croute (terrine in a pie crust) : Photo of step #11Fold the pastry in half. 2 min.
12 Paté en croute (terrine in a pie crust) : Photo of step #12Then unfold it into the mould, leaving about 1 cm overlapping all round. Fit it to the inside of the mould, using scissors to snip it if necessary, until you have an even pastry case.

Spread a first layer of minced mixture in the bottom.
5 min.
13 Paté en croute (terrine in a pie crust) : Photo of step #13Salt and pepper the strips of chicken and veal, then spread these in layers on top of the minced mixture.

You can also weigh the veal and chicken and salt them all at once in a bowl (use the calculator again to know what weight of salt and pepper to use), then spread them in layers after seasoning.
3 min.
14 Paté en croute (terrine in a pie crust) : Photo of step #14You can also make layers of meat and foie gras if you like. 3 min.
15 Paté en croute (terrine in a pie crust) : Photo of step #15Add layers of meats like this, adding salt and pepper each time, alternating with layers of the minced mixture. Finish with a layer of the minced mixture.

Preheat the oven to 150°C (300°F).
3 min.
16 Paté en croute (terrine in a pie crust) : Photo of step #16Roll out the remaining pastry to make a lid.

Make a hole in the centre (the chimney) to allow steam to escape during cooking.

You can cut decorations out of left-over pastry if you like.
5 min.
17 Paté en croute (terrine in a pie crust) : Photo of step #17Glaze around the top of the pastry case. 2 min.
18 Paté en croute (terrine in a pie crust) : Photo of step #18Place the lid on the pie and press down around the edge to seal it.

Glaze all over the top with beaten egg, stick on any pastry decorations and glaze them too.
3 min.
19 Paté en croute (terrine in a pie crust) : Photo of step #19Bake in the oven for 3 hours. This long cooking allows the paté to cook the middle without burning the crust.

The paté will shrink as it cools, leaving a space between the lid and the top of the meat filling. If you wish, you can fill this space with jelly by pouring it in through the chimney hole (though personally, I don't see that this adds anything).
3 hours
20 Paté en croute (terrine in a pie crust) : Photo of step #20Leave to cool, then leave in the fridge, ideally for 3 or 4 days, to allow the flavours to develop fully.

Cut into slices and serve with mustard or mayonnaise, and gherkins in vinegar.
1 hour

Remarks

You can vary this recipe a thousand ways: use different meats, vary their proportions, the marinade, with or without mushrooms chopped or whole, foie gras, etc. Use your imagination, but keep to the basic idea: alternate layers of minced meat and morsels in a pastry crust.

It is important not to make the pastry crust too thick, unlike the very stodgy versions available commercially with their 1 cm or more of pastry.

Nutritional information

Whole recipe
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
5686454 gr1204 gr1267 gr
284 %175 %114 %192 %
Per 100 g
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
26821 gr57 gr60 gr
13 %8 %5 %9 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories by day for a woman (change to a man).

How much will it cost?

For 1 paté : 35.34 €

Note : These prices are only approximate.

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And to drink?: An Arbois red wine, made with the Trousseau (Bastardo) grape variety.
Source: Home made
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