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Pâté en croûte – delicious recipe with quite a few variation possibilities

Today I will show you how to make a Pâté en croûte yourself. It consists of a meat filling with savory ingredients. The filling is coated with a lard dough or puff pastry. Afterwards, it is baked in the oven. 

I make the dough for the Pâté myself. But you can also use a store bought puff pastry. 

But now enough talk…

Here you can find the complete Pâté en croûte recipe as a video or to read through.

Have fun and good luck making it!

Pâté en croûte – What do you need to make it?

meat pie-all ingredients

Per terrine mold you will need:

  • 400 g pork butt
  • 100 g lean beef
  • 250 g brown mushrooms
  • 125 g bacon
  • 75 g onion
  • 65 g pistachios
  • 50 ml cream
  • 50 ml milk
  • 50 g dry white bread
  • 9.5 g salt 
  • 2.5 g cure#1 (Alternative: normal salt -> pâté will not be pink but rather grayish when cut)
  • 2 g black pepper

For the dough you need either ready-made puff pastry or alternatively, you make a lard pie dough yourself:

Make your own lard pie dough

  • 325g flour
  • 250 g lard
  • 90 g cold water
  • 6 g salt
  • 2,5 g sugar

Leftovers of this dough are also excellent for a simple apple pie.

Aspic for the filling

  • About 150ml vegetable broth
  • Aspic powder (enough to make it firm to the bite)

The equipment to make Pâté en croûte

Pâté dish / glasses / aluminium dish / other dishes

It is up to you which dish you use to make the Pâté. You can achieve the same result with any shape.

Meat grinder

You need the meat grinder, also called a mincer, to “grind” the meat, which means the meat is finely chopped.

Pâté en croûte – Step-By-Step Instructions

The dough: 

1. Cut the lard into cubes. 

meat pie-cut

2. Put the flour, salt and sugar in a food processor together with the lard. 

meat pie-food processor

3. Always turn the food processor on and off. The lard and flour should mix a little, but you should still see whole pieces of lard. This is the only way to get a nice crust later. 

4. Gradually add the cold water.

meat pie- water

5. The dough is now ready. It is not completely homogeneous, but it should combine when pressed together. Put it in the fridge for at least 2 hours. The dough can also be prepared the day before.

meat pie- dough ready

The pate: 

1. Quarter your mushrooms first and finely dice the onion.

2. Put the mushrooms in a hot pan without oil. The goal is for the mushrooms to lose some water and brown. 

3. If the mushrooms have lost some water and are brown, you can add some oil.

4. Now you can add the diced onions to the mushrooms. 

5. When the onions are translucent, remove the pan from the heat and let them cool down. 

6. Cut the meat into wolf-sized pieces. You can vary the size depending on how big your meat grinder is. 

meat pie-cut 2

7. Now you can grind the meat. Depending on how coarse or fine you want your Pâté en croûte to be, you can use different perforated discs here. To be honest, this is a matter of taste. I personally use the finest perforated disc. But as I said … it must taste good to you!

meat pie-grind

8. Cut the bacon into small cubes. 

meat pie-bacon

9. Add the bacon to the minced meat together with the spices and the rest of the ingredients and the onion-mushroom mixture and mix it all together. 

10. Mix the ingredients until they form a homogeneous mass. 

meat pie- mix2

11. grease the baking dish generously. 

meat pie-fat

12. Roll out your lard dough to a thickness of about 0.5 cm. Alternatively, you can now use the ready-made puff pastry. 

meat pie-dough

13. Place your mold on the dough and cut the corners. This will help the dough to go into the mold more nicely. 

meat pie- corner

14. Roll the dough on your rolling pin and put it into the form. 

meat pie-dish

15. Fill the tureen with the meat and mushroom mixture. Make sure there is as little air in the mixture as possible. 

meat pie-fill

16. Cut off the excess dough around the edge.

meat pie-cut off

17. Put some egg mixed with water on top of the pie.

meat pie-egg

18. Roll out a lid from the excess dough and put it on the pie. 

19. Cut off the excess dough at the edge and press the lid again. 

meat pie-cut off2

20. Cut small holes in the pastry lid. This is important so that the evaporated water can escape. You can also decorate the lid with the remaining dough. This is up to you. 

meat pie-hole

21. Put the pâté in an oven preheated to 220°C / 428 °F(top and bottom heat) for 15 minutes. 

meat pie-220°C

22. After 15 minutes, set the degree to 180°C / 356 °F and bake the Pâté for another 30-40 minutes. 

meat pie-180°C

23. Let the Pâté en croûte cool down to room temperature. 

meat pie-cold

24. Make the aspic. I use vegetable broth and aspic powder here.

meat pie-aspic

25. Fill the aspic into the holes of the pâté. The aspic seals our spaces in the pate. 

meat pie-aspic2

26. Ready is your Pâté en croûte 😄. Enjoy. 

Pâté en croûte - Final

How long is the shelf life of the Pâté en croûte?

It can be kept in the refrigerator for about 1 week. You can also freeze it perfectly portioned. Then it will keep for a few months.


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