Country Pork Pate with Pistachios By: Chef Mike Lata


3 pounds Fresh pork(ham)
1.5 pound Fat back
½ pound Chicken liver
½ Onion, minced
2 Fresh bay leaves
½ tablespoon Pureed garlic
3 ounces Brandy
3 ounces White wine
Pinch Sugar
1 cup Toasted pistachios
20 grams Salt
8 grams White pepper
6 grams Selrose (curing salt)
3 grams 4 spice
½ bunch Parsley leaves, picked and washed
2 tablespoons Fresh picked thyme


Cut the meat and fat into 1” cubes and put into a large bowl and place in fridge until ready.

Add onion, garlic, brandy, wine, bay leaves, into a 2 quart saucepan and simmer on low for 15-20 minutes, and reduce till about half. Let cool.

Add the salt, selrose, pepper, 4 spice, parsley leaves, thyme, to the diced meat and stir to incorporate. When the wine mixture has cooled, add to the meat and stir in. Let meat marinade overnight.

Preheat the oven to 350˚ F.

Toast the pistachios until fragrant and reserve.

Grind the meat through the medium die once being sure to keep the meat as cold as possible. When the pistachios are cool, fold into the meat. Paddle the mixture in a kitchen aid for 2 minutes on medium speed to bind the meat.

Line a terrine mold with plastic film and pack the mixture into it, pressing firmly to let out any air pockets. Top the terrine with a couple more bay leaves and a sprig of rosemary then cover and bake until they reach 155˚ degrees internally. Cool and place in fridge overnight.

Unmold and slice. Serve with crusty bread, dijon mustard and pickles.

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fun facts

Pistachios, when eaten with high-carbohydrate foods, may result in lower than expected blood sugar levels, an important factor in reducing risk of diabetes.

According to a Penn State University study, it is suggested that pistachios reduce the body's biological response to stress.

One serving of pistachios has as much potassium (300mg, 8%) as an orange (250mg, 7%).

Pistachios are high in phytosterols which may lower cholesterol levels and decrease the risk of heart disease. In animal studies phytosterols have been shown to potentially have anti-cancer properties.

One serving of pistachios is 49 nuts, more than any other tree nut.

Forty-nine pistachios serve up to 20 percent of your Daily Value of B6, about the same as half an avocado.

You can obtain more dietary fiber from a serving of pistachios (3g) than a 1/2 cup of cooked broccoli, and the same amount of dietary fiber as an orange or an apple — approximately 10 percent of the Daily Value.

Just a single serving of pistachios provides you with the same amount of protein in a one-ounce serving of soybeans and can serve as a protein alternative to meat, poultry or beans according to the USDA Food Guide Pyramid.

Pistachios are a naturally cholesterol-free snack and contain just 1.5 grams of saturated fat.

Celebrate the greatness of nuts! October 22 is National Nut Day and February 26 is National Pistachio Day!