Norwegian Christmas Pate / Julepostei

A Norwegian Christmas buffet classic found on matprat.no
Norwegian Christmas Pate / Julepostei

Pates should be generous in ingredients and taste. This pate is not hard to make and it is always a hit on the Christmas buffet.

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Meat Pates / Kjøttpostei

A pâté recipe found in “Sundt og Godt” (Wholesome and Delicious) published by Det Beste in 1988
Meat Pates / Kjøttpostei

Lean, healthy meat cooked in red wine and mixed with cottage cheese turns into a soft, smouth pâté with rich meat flavor.

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Pâté de Campagne – French Pâté / Fransk Postei

A classic French pâté recipe found in “Berømte Retter”
(Famoud Dishes) published by
Ernst G Mortensens Forlag in 1970

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The principle of a French pâtés – a mixture of meat (or fish), herbs, lard, wine etc., cooked in a casserole dish or in a puff pastry – was launched in France as early as the Middle Ages. The best and finest pâtés comes from South West France – Perigord and Armagnac. The trick to making a pâté consists in finding good harmony and balance between taste and aroma. A good pâté will not taste significantly of just one ingredient, but should be an aromatic, indefinable whole.

These pâtés are always eaten cold, it makes the favours come together the best. A pâté should preferably be made the day before it is to be served. It can be stored for up to one week in the refrigerator and served as an appetizer, an evening meal or as sandwich spread.

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Fine Liver Pâté / Fin Leverpostei

A recipe from “Kalv- og Oksekjøtt” (Veal and Beef)
published by Hjemmets Kokebokklubb in 1979
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traditional badge2This pâté makes a delicious evening meal served with crispy bacon, pickled gherkins and beets, roasted onions and a mushroom salad with paprika, parsley, oil/vinegar marinade and baguettes or wholemeal bread.

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In Context:
Liver pâté has been staple sandwich spread for children here in Norway since long before I was a kid back in the fifties and sixties and ads for the different commercially produced pâtés are blatantly geared towards children and their parents, claiming liver pâté keeps the children fit and makes them strong. The oldest product has even for decades had a picture of a child on the lid on their tins.

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I’m a good example that this kind of advertising works, I still greatly enjoy a sanwich spread with the same liver pâté I ate as a child (the one pictured here). Of course with pickled gherkins or beets as my mother would make them back then. There are a lot of good memories in good food – Ted  😉