Recipe for Glazed Venison Pate


1 lb venison (trimmed weight)
1/2 lb belly of pork (trimmed wt.)
1/2 lb chicken livers
1 small orange
1 lemon
2 garlic cloves
1 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme (more to taste)
1 whole and ground bay leaves
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 pint red wine
1 teaspoon gelatine powder
1 a few kumquats to decorate


Mince all three meats fairly finely and put them into a bowl. Add the zest of the orange and lemon, the crushed garlic, the thyme, olive oil, vinegar, a generous pinch of powdered bay and plenty of black pepper. Mix thoroughly and stir in the wine. Cover and leave to marinate overnight.

Season with salt - I find 1 teaspoon about right but fry a small nugget of the mixture to check. Turn the pate into a terrine of about 2 1/4 pint capacity. Pack the mixture well down into the corners of the dish and use a spoon to hollow out slightly the centre top. Cover with greaseproof paper and foil, stand the dish in a roasting pan containing enough hot water to come halfway up the sides of the dish. Bake at 325 F (160 C) gas mark 3 for 2-1/4 to 2-1/2 hours.

Using a bulb baster, remove and reserve most of the juices that surround the pate. Replace the greaseproof paper and foil, press the pate lightly with 1-1/2 to 2 lb weights and cool for 1-1/2 hours. Then drain off any remaining juices that have not been re-absorbed by the pate. Mix all the venison juices that you have collected with the juice of the orange and measure. Add a splash of water if necessary to make 1/2 pint in total. Dissolve the gelatine powder in the mixture and use it to glaze the pate, adding a few bay leaves and kumquats to decorate if liked.

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