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I am a Belgian (although I live in The Netherlands) and we belgians are known for our love of great food. We don't count calories and we love our meats. This recipe is a nice example of that food and so it is not for the faint-hearted and especially not for the vegetarians (sorry).

This recipe is attributed to the Ardennes region, a region in the south of Belgium most known in the UK and the US for the Battle of the Bulge in 1944-1945. 

I make this recipe only a few times a year. It is rather labour intensive so you should take your time for it.

This pate tastes great with my red onion chutney.

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Step 1: Ingredients

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What do we need:


  • equal amounts of pork fillet, pork liver and pork fat (belly fat) in this case 250 grams of each
  • an egg
  • 100ml of cream
  • 4 tbsp of brandy
  • 2 tsp of peppercorns
  • 2 shallots
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 cloves
  • 2 tsp of thyme
  • pepper and salt
  • 40grams of butter
  • 150grams of cooked ham

Step 2: Mince and prepare the meat

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Dice the liver, the fillet and the fat so that it can be minced easy. Mince it  and stir it so that the 3 components are spread evenly.

Take care when you work with raw meat (especially pork). Use a seperate knife and cuttingboard for it. Make sure that everything is cleaned up properly afterwards.

Add the egg and the cream and stir it properly. Store it in the fridge while you prepare the other ingredients.

Step 3: Shallots and garlic and herbs

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Clean the shallots and garlic and chop them as finely as possible. Then glaze them in some of the butter. Set it aside to cool.

While it cools you can crush up the cloves in a pestle and mortar.
Idealcat9 months ago

Can this be frozen please?

timbit19852 years ago
omg this is offal porn. I am going to make this.
Ex Machina4 years ago
Can this be made with other meats (and still taste good)?
Mmmm, I've always had a soft spot for home charcuterie and this looks delicious. Well done!
lemonie4 years ago

Yeah, that looks super, thanks.

janw (author)  lemonie4 years ago

and it tastes even better than it looks :)

lemonie janw4 years ago

I should hope so, I might have a go.