Pâté

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A seasoned ground meat preparation made from a mixture of fine or coarsely ground meats, poultry, fish, fruits, or vegetables. Fine ground Pâtés are typically spreadable while more coarse gound Pâtés are firmer in texture. Translated from a French term meaning paste,Pâté was originally used to describe a type of pie, but today has become more of a terrine in the manner in which it is formed when firmer in substance. Pâté, with a smooth spreadable texture, is attributed to gourmet processes or food processors attempting to provide a "finer" more elegant presentation of the food. Pâté, ground fairly coarse in texture, was often considered to be a "country" pâté, since it represented more of a home-style preparation.

In addition to ingredient categories, pâtés have often been defined by the way they are prepared. If it is prepared without the use of a mold, it is referred to simply as "pâté." When cooked in a any type of mold, such as a terrine that is commonly lined with pork fat, it is known as "pâté en terrine." When cooked enclosed within a crust, it is called a "pâté en croute." Served hot or cold, pâtés can be prepared as an appetizer to be spread on bite-sized foods or presented as the first course of a meal, most often being made with a molded shape or in a pastry crust. Properly refrigerated, a Pâté can be kept for 3 to 4 weeks.

USDA Nutrition Facts

Serving Size1 tbsp
Calories462
Protein11g
Total Fat43g
Total Carbohydrates4g
Dietary Fiber0g
Potassium138mg
Sodium697mg
Cholesterol150mg
Serving Size1 serving 2 oz
Calories327
Protein11g
Total Fat28g
Total Carbohydrates6g
Potassium138mg
Sodium807mg
Cholesterol105mg
Serving Size1 tbsp
Calories201
Protein13g
Total Fat13g
Total Carbohydrates6g
Dietary Fiber0g
Sugars0g
Potassium95mg
Sodium386mg
Cholesterol391mg

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