- 1 slice white bread
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup diced onion
- 1/2 cup dry white wine
- 4 eggs
- 3 egg whites
- 1/2 lb whitefish
- 2 1/4 lb salmon
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground white pepper
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 cup whipping cream
1. Remove and discard the crust from the bread. Tear thebread into pieces and set aside. Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat on the stove, add the onions and cook, stirring for 5 minutes or untilsoftened.
2. Add the wine, bring to a boil and cook 1 minute. Add the bread and cook, stirring 5 minutes. Scrape the mixture into a mixing bowl. Roughly cut the whitefish and salmon into 1-inch pieces and add to the bread in the mixing bowl.
3. Add the salt, pepper, coriander and nutmeg and mix. Place the mixture in a food processor and process until smooth. Or, it a meat grinder with a medium die and grind the fish mixture twice. Transfer mixture to a mixing bowl and place bowl over a pan of ice water.
4. Add the eggs and the whites and mix well. Slowly add the cream. Pack the mixture into a 9-by-5-by-3-inch glass, ceramic or metal loaf pan. Tap the pan on a counter to firmly pack.
5. Cover tightly with a double layer of aluminum foil. Place loaf pan in a larger pan and fill with boiling water until it rises halfway to the top of the loaf pan. Place in the oven for 1 hour.
6. Remove pate from oven and its water bath. Place loaf pan on a baking sheet. Cool for 1 hour. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours. To remove, run a knife around edges of the pate. Dip loaf pan in hot water for a minute. Turn out onto a plate. Serve with toast or crackers.
MICHAEL ROBERTS – PRODIGY GUEST CHEFS COOKBOOK