This may sound cliche but really, i was hitting two birds w/ one stone for this challenge. The DC challenge and my own challenge which i started January of this year- challenge myself to bake a yeast based bread at least once a month until i will get comfortable or lets just say not intimidated w/ bread baking. So thank you Evelyne and Valerie, you saved me sometime and for this wonderful challenge.
Speaking of time, much as i wanted to make all the pate's, i just didn't have enough time to make all of them. I will definitely make them in the near future. I'm glad i made the Three Spice Liver Pâté first.
I made 2 sizes for this pate' i made little ones by using ramekins and a bigger pate' using an oval mold. This pate' was really good, perfect on bread w/ cheese and of course "heaven" on the banh mi, it was spot on, just like the authentic banh mi i had years ago.
Now for my bread, i used the Red Star French Bread recipe. I may not have the perfect shaped french bread but i'm proud to say, it came out pretty good. It was that good that i made the "happy dance" ha!ha!ha!.
THREE SPICE LIVER PATE;
Yields one 25 by 12,5 cm (10 by 5 inch) terrine or loaf pan
1 lb / 454 grams pork liver (or beef or combination)
1/2 lb / 227 grams ground pork
1/2 lb / 227 grams pork fat (or pork belly)
2 cloves garlic
1 whole egg and 1 egg yolk
1/2 tsp / 2 ml cinnamon
1/2 tsp / 2 ml coriander (ground or crushed)
1/2 tsp / 2 ml cumin
3/4 tsp / 3 ml salt
1 tbps / 15 ml coarse freshly cracked peppercorns
2 tbps / 30 ml cognac
2 bay leaves
1 package of bacon
Preheat oven to to 350ºF (180ºC).
Cut liver and pork fat into small pieces and add to food processor. Add ground pork, garlic, shallots, cinnamon, cumin, coriander, salt and pepper. Grind until smooth.
In mixing bowl, incorporate the meat and liver mixture with the cognac and eggs.
Line bottom of baking or ceramic pan with overlapping pieces of bacon. Place a bay leaf on the bottom and then fill with meat/liver mixture. Cover top with another bay leaf and then overlapping pieces of bacon.
Place in oven in the larger baking pan and add enough water to cover 2/3rds of the pan containing the meat/liver mixture. Bake for about 1-1.5 hrs.
The pâté will contract and the juices will be on the bottom. Allow to cool and soak up the juices. Remove any excess bacon and discard the bay leaves.
French baguette (store bought), 3 spice pate and gorgonzola..delicious.
I paired the pate w/ another wonderful combination..french baguette, ham and fresh radish
These are my lame loaves=;)
See how beautiful the inside is!! You can get the recipe HERE
BANH MI (MY ALL TIME FAVORITE SAMMY)
You'll need the following:
FRENCH BREAD/VIETNAMESE BREAD
PATE' (3 SPICED PATE')
CARROT AND DAIKON RELISH
JALAPENO (OPTIONAL)SLICEs OF HAM FOR THIS SPECIFIC BANH MI BUT YOU CAN PUT ANYTHING YOU LIKE, I'VE DONE FISH , GRILLED HONEY PORK THEY ARE ALL GOOD.
I TRIED TO RECREATE THE FIRST BANH MI I'VE EVER EATEN. THE FLAVOR IS SPOT ON, THE PRESENTATION ALMOST...WHAT I HAD BEFORE WAS WRAPPED W/ A PHONEBOOK PAGE. MY VERSION..I WRAPPED W/ A DELICATESSEN PAPER.=;)