Total Time
Prep 10 hrs
Cook 2 hrs

This pate, adapted from Alma Lach, is as close as I've been able to come to the lovely thick slice of pate one gets in a French bistro--on a thick oval plate, served with a little pot of mustard and a little pile of tiny cornichons and some great bread. You can add pistachios or whatever other little touches you like, but know that it's worth the time and effort -- though most of the time is marinating and cooling. The serving amount is a guestimate.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cut ham slice into 1/4" strips. Cut the salt pork into1/8" slices and the slices into 1/8" strips.
  2. Put the shallot, bay leaf, thyme, Madeira and Cognac into a flat dish. (I use a pyrex square glass dish). Add the meat strips, cover and marinate 6 hours or overnight.
  3. Mix veal and pork and salt and pepper and refrigerate until ready to use.
  4. When ready to make pate, line a 4-cup mold (or 2 small molds) with bacon slices. Drain the liquid from the meat strips into the ground meat and mix (this is the sausage). Place a layer of sausage into the bacon-lined mold, then a layer of eat strips. Continue until all is used, ending with the sausage.
  5. Cover the top of the mold with strips of bacon cut to fit. Press down firmly into the mold. Cover tightly with foil, and set mold(s) into a water bath. Bake at 325 degrees F. for two hours.
  6. When done, remove from oven and place mold(s) in pan large enough to hold it and any overflow of fat. Weight down the top of the mold, using a foil wrapped brick or the like. Make sure the pate is pressed while still warm. When cool. refrigerate with the weight.
  7. When the pate is cold, turn it out of the mold(s), scrape away the congealed fat. A good French cook will save that fat to cook with--fries for example--it tastes great.
  8. Serve with cornichons and mustard and crusty bread.