Pâté (Pate) Maison


Easy to make liver pate recipe, made with chicken livers and pork sausage, wrapped in bacon, well seasoned with herbs and spices. Also known as “pâté (pate) campagne”.

Pâté (Pate) Maison Recipe

  • Yield: Makes one large loaf.


  • 1 lb chicken livers
  • 1 lb lean pork
  • 1 lb mild Italian sausage meat
  • 1 Tbsp chopped chives or scallions
  • 1 Tbsp chopped parsley
  • 1 Tbsp fresh coarsely ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tbsp brandy
  • 2 Tbsp dry sherry
  • 10 slices bacon (uncooked)


1 Grind all the meat (except the bacon) through a meat grinder twice. Add remaining ingredients and mix well.

2 Line an 9x5x3 inch loaf pan with bacon strips and pack in the mixture. Cover with bacon strips. Place pan in a water bath, a larger pan that is filled halfway up the sides of the inner pan with water. Bake at 350°F for 2 1/2 hours.

3 Remove from heat. Cover with aluminum foil. Place a weight such as a heavy brick on top while cooling. Best to cool overnight in the refrigerator. Slice and serve with bread or toast, lettuce and or tomatoes.

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This recipe is a variation on one found in a lovely way out-of-print cookbook from the Concord Museum - An Olde Concord Christmas.

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  • Megan

    Can these pates be baked in a well-greased terrine instead of wrapped in bacon?

    Yes, though they benefit from the added fat. ~Elise

  • Tina

    I have often wondered if this would work for a non-baked pate (really hoping for comments);

    Liver, minced, cooked in skillet with butter,
    onion and seasonings
    A thick white sauce
    Aspic (gelative made from good stock)

    All mixed together and pressed into containers. If this works then it means that the seasonings can be adjusted as you go along, as nothing is left uncooked in there.

  • Laura

    Mmmm. Now I’m not only guilted into trying this, I’m intrigued. We’ll give it a try with the fresh livers after the June 6 butcher party. Let me know if you want some, I would happily ship them your way.

  • Sarah

    I want to make this, but I don’t have a meat grinder. Do you think I could process the meat in my food processor to make it smooth?

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