Pâté might not look too appetizing, but this spread made of ground meat (usually liver) and fat combined with wine and spices, cooked, and puréed into a smooth, spreadable paste is quite yummy. Not simply a mainstay of hors d'oeuvre trays, pâté is also a main ingredient in the Vietnamese bánh mì
sandwich. A little pâté spread on a baguette with some cornichons
makes a delicious sandwich.
I've actually never tried making my own pâté, but these recipes look pretty easy:
• Duck Liver Pâté - Epicurious
• Country Pâté - Bon Appetit
• Liver Pâté - Simply Recipes
If you'd rather buy your own, Whole Foods carries the Trois Petits Cochons line which is pretty good. Trader Joe's carries the Marcel Henri line, which is good and affordable - a single slab isn't more than $5. D'Artagnan and iGourmet both sell various kinds of pâté on their web sites.
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(Image: Kathryn Hill)