How to make it

  • In a non reactive bowl, combine Pheasant strips, Cognac, Salt and Pepper, Thyme, Ginger, Allspice and Green Onions. Set aside for 1 – 2 hrs.
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  • In a large heavy skillet, heat Olive Oil on medium high. Add Mushrooms, and cook 5 – 6 mins. Add Shallots and Garlic and cook another 4-5 mins. Season with Salt and Pepper. Add Cognac, cook until almost all the liquid has evaporated. Transfer to a food processor and pulse to a chunky paste. Let cool completely.
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  • Over medium heat, cook Onions slowly in the butter until brown around the edges. Deglaze with the Cognac and reduced by half. Remove from heat and let cool.
  • Scrape the Cognac/Onion mixture into a large mixing bowl. Add Pork, Veal, Eggs, Salt, Pepper, Allspice, Thyme and Garlic. Mix with your hands or a wooden spoon until thoroughly blended.
  • Remove game strips from marinade and drain in a colander. Add remaining marinade to stuffing and mix well.
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  • To assemble:
  • Plunge Bacon into boiling water, remove immediately and drain briefly under cold running water), reserve a few strips for top of pate. Line bottom and sides of a loaf pan with blanched bacon strips.
  • Divide stuffing into three parts. Dip hands in cold water and arrange first third of the stuffing in bottom of loaf pan. Cover with half the strips of game. Spoon half of the Duxelle evenly over the Game Strips and smooth over.
  • Repeat layering with another third of stuffing, remaining half of game strips and mushroom Duxelle.
  • Spread remaining third of stuffing on top. Space bay leaves evenly on top and cover with remaining blanched bacon.
  • Cover top of pan with aluminum foil and set in larger pan of boiling water (water should come about halfway up the outside of loaf pan).
  • Bake in a 350 degree oven for 1 ½ hours. Remove loaf pan from water and place another weighted loaf pan on top of foil-wrapped pate. Cool pate at room temperature several hours . Chill, still weighted.
  • Remove foil, place a decorative rectangular serving platter on top of the pan and invert the pate onto the platter. Arrange Lettuce around Pate. Shingle Red Onion slices on top of Lettuce. Sprinkle entire platter with fresh Sage leaves.
  • Serve in slices with Pickles, Fruit Chutney, crackers and toasted Baguette slices.

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    " It was excellent "
    greenlord ate it and said...
    OMG !! I am loving this one !!! I Will make it for sure. Do you use the basic Wild Mushrooms mix or anyones in particular ? With the combinations of ingredients i'm gessing woddy tasting shroomys !? Anyways, I'll be making this one as soon as i can get my hands on a game bird. I will let you know how it turned out for me !
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    " It was excellent "
    trigger ate it and said...
    Congratulations Jim. Thank you for this wonderful recipe. My neighbors and coworkers are avid hunters so I printed this out for them hopefully I get an invite as a guest chef at their home so we all can savor a delicious meal together thanks to you.

    five forks

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    " It was excellent "
    elgab89 ate it and said...
    THIS RECIPE HAS WON THE October Appetizer - Fall Pate Contest:



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    " It was excellent "
    lunasea ate it and said...
    How delightful and unique. Count me in the breathless contingent - it does seem to have that effect. I can only imagine how delicious this tastes. Thanks for sharing, Jim. Wow. :)
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  • meileen 11 years ago
    Wow Jim! I really like this recipe a lot and it seems like a great challenge, thanks.
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    " It was excellent "
    elgab89 ate it and said...
    I agree with JM. It is absolutely fabulous! I am left speechless!
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    " It was excellent "
    mystic_river1 ate it and said...
    You leave me breathless! How magnificent is this?
    Thanks and a 5 is not enough but it's all I have to give.
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    " It was excellent "
    gourmetana ate it and said...
    Hi 5 Jim!! What a great recipe! Thank you for sharing.
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    " It was excellent "
    mjcmcook ate it and said...
    Thank-you so much for sharing such a
    Deluxe~Dynamite "5"FORK!!!!! recipe ~
    The combination of all the flavors is
    remarkable ~
    How has the world been 'treating you' these days?
    I hope all is well in your "neck-of-the-woods"~
    ~*~ mj ~*~
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