(the misadventures of an expatriate corporate dropout)

Sunday, July 19, 2009

merci monsieur cochon!

well, here it is ... the finished product! we spent about an hour getting this ready. well, in actuality, Jean-Yves extracted the head from the pot and removed the meat while I squeamishly alternated between closing my eyes and observing. Let me tell you, seeing the jawbones with teeth intact was a bit much... but I soldiered on and chopped onions and parsley ... wanting to do my part...ahem.

Meanwhile JY chopped all the meat and mixed the paté ... using gros sel, parsley and onion. The head had already been boiled (by me!) for about 4 hours with carrots, fresh thyme, fresh laurel, celery, onions, and peppercorns. It became kind of 'sausage-like' and then was spread on sheets and baked in a hot oven for about 40 minutes, until brown and just beginning to crisp.

Now I will slice it, put it in freezer bags and then the freezer. The small one I've been instructed to retain for immediate consumption!


La Framéricaine said...

"--Follows instructions"

is a very good attribute. I wish I were there with a glass of red wine, a baguette, and time to burn just chewing the fat, so to speak!

A big high five on your first homemade paté!!!

Randal Graves said...

I'd actually rather have a greasy, fast food burger. Yikes.