Paté, home-made just the way you like it, makes a very nice teatime snack, party food or starter for a meal.
Or it can be made in sufficient quantity to last a number of days, and kept in the ‘fridge to be called off when you feel like it.
Consistent with the philosophy of healthy and economic food, this recipe contains a minimum variety of ingredients: inexpensively sourced, with no added salt or artificial additives, and no hydrogenated or otherwise adulterated items.
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Mise en place
Before starting, make sure you have everything you need ready, as listed below. That includes: the ingredients, utensils, clean surfaces and chopping board, and clean hands. The quantities of ingredients are not critical, so you can adapt to suit your preference, diet or what you have handy.
The quantities below will make at least twenty crackers, depending on how generous you are.
- Tinned sardines in oil. Two small tins. Do not use sardines in tomato sauce or any other variation.
- Butter or margarine. About 125g. Unsalted butter is preferred, and it needs to be softened by leaving it out of the fridge for a few hours. The fat is there to bind the mixture, so you don’t need a lot of it.
- Tomato purée. A squeeze from a tube – as you like it, but enough to give the mixture a pink tint.
- Cracker biscuits. Whatever shape you like, but preferably without cheesy or other flavouring.
- Paprika to impart a little “bite”
- Other herbs or spices, as you see fit.
- Decorations, such as celery sticks, as you see fit.
- A clean worktop and hands.
- Sharp knife and chopping board.
- Mixing bowl.
Part 1 – prepare the mixture
Part 2 – serve on crackers
This is comfort or party food. The coarse but soft texture is interesting on the palate, and the full flavour of the fish comes through.
Note on preserving
Paté keeps well in the ‘fridge for a few days in sealed container, or in the freezer.
If you have leftover prepared crackers, either eat them quickly before anybody sees you, or separate the paté for the ‘fridge and use the crackers for something else.