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:
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.