Monday, October 8, 2012

Mushroom Pate

Mushroom Pate

Charcuterie is far more than just making sausage. My first attempt at anything like charcuterie was chopped chicken liver made with a friend back in the early 60s when I was still in high school. It worked.

Some years later, in the early 80s I made another attempt at this craft. This time a Country Pate, from which this Mushroom Pate is derived. My wife and I were so lacking in knowledge of this that we tried to eat it the day I made it and were terribly disappointed. At the suggestion of a more sophisticated couple she knew we attempted the pate again after it had sat for two days. Thank you Larry and Leo, without your advice that day I'm certain I would not have attempted it again.

I make the country pate yearly, if not more often, as we like it, it will probably start alternating with the Mushroom pate, especially if the latter freezes.

First we need to gather our ingredients. This does use a fair bit. The pate contains 7 pounds of meat, most of it pork
The ingredients:

2 lb boneless fatty pork, (I take it off a fresh butt or foreleg. I suppose you could use fresh ham.)
1 lb boneless veal,  (I trim leanish meat off a veal breast)
1 lb chicken liver (or pork liver)
½ pound prosciutto, ¼ inch thick cut into ¼ x~3” inch batons.
½ pound slab bacon, cut into ¼ x ~3” batons. This should be a good fully smoked bacon.
10 oz various mushrooms, very coarse chop, ½ inch or larger
8 slices Portobello mushrooms, ¼ inch for top garnish

2 lbs Black Forest Ham in 1/8 slices - Costco is fine.

1 large onion, finely chopped and sautéed in until soft in 2 tbsp butter
3 garlic cloves, crushed to a paste with½ tsp salt
2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
2 tsp mixed spices (paprika, cayenne, mustard, fresh ground pepper, whatever)
1 tbsp mixed dry herbs (fresh is better if you can get them. Tarragon, rosemary, chive, thyme, whatever)
1 tbsp salt

2 cups  breadcrumbs
6 eggs
½ cup cognac

If you don't have a meat grinder then the fatty pork, veal and pork liver will need to be ground, at purchase and the second grind done with a food processor.
Veal breast, trim one pound of lean veal from this, save the rest for stock.

2 pounds pork shoulder, skinned

Will use what is left tomorrow for a Country Pate

Cube the meats and set aside with the sautéed onion, garlic, parsley, herbs and spices (not egg, cognac, bread crumbs, mushrooms, bacon and prosciutto). The cube is to be slightly smaller than the opening to your grinder. 

Now go stick the meat and other ingredients  in a freezer or at least the fridge. We don't need to keep this as cold as for sausage, but it does have to stay cold.

Get your terrine, I use a Corning casserole 8x8x4 or 256 cubic inches or a Le Creuset square 3 qt.,  and your Black Forest ham, a Costco package at 2 pounds is more than enough, makes a good sandwich with some cheese and the left over ham.

Line the terrine with the ham, leaving the top open, and not much ham overlapping the edge.

Go get your not quite frozen meat and grind away, for this use the small die. Note that the entire grinder should be held in an ice bath prior to use, and the blade should be steeled prior to assembly of the grinder. Do not put in freezer, regardless of who tells you to, the metal parts will become brittle and may chip. After the first grind you don’t need to rinse or anything, but get the blade out of the grinder, steel it and dunk it in the ice bath for a few minutes, then re-assemble and put the ground meat through again.
First grind

 No mushrooms yet
The Farce, save lardings

 Mix everything but the bacon and prosciutto in a very large bowl and mix well but gently with a wooden spoon or your hands. Spread an inch or so on the bottom the terrine, add some of the batons, add some more of the mushroom larded farce, more batons and continue. When you slice into it you want a random look.

You want to have used all of the batons with a good 1/2 of space  left to fill. Finish filling with the farce leaving a bit over full, you will still probably have some farce left. Trim the ham overlap off, garnish the top with the Portobello slices and you are almost done.

Into a 350 F oven for 90 minutes.

Then I will check the center for 130F and when it gets there let it finish cooking out of the oven or in the oven with the heat off and door partly open.

Put in refrigerator for at least 4 days, a week is better. It is edible for up to 14 days after making and we are checking on freezing ability at this time.

My plate above, save for the sausage and mustard all of it is done at home. We will explore other items on that plate soon.

Camera Nikon D-90 with internal flash.

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