Slice of Life: Pâté
As mentioned in our last post, an important part of HCN is our food program. It is so important for students to have a good meal in order to be able to concentrate on their studies. The big difference between the average American college student and our Hatian students is that the meal we provide for our students’ lunch may be the only meal they have all day. Sometimes the students have sandwiches for lunch but most of the time they have Pâté.
Pâté (pa-tay) is a mixture of meat, vegetables, and seasonings that is combined inside a pastry dough and fried. Think Hot Pocket but without the cheese. It is really quite tasty! Here is a slightly Americanized recipe so you can try it for yourself. And don’t worry if you don’t have time to make the dough. Just use puff pastry instead.
1 cup cold water
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup vegetable shortening and ¼ cup butter mixed together
1 egg yolk, beaten
2 teaspoons of parsley
2 chopped shallots
1 chopped garlic clove
1 lbs pound ground beef, seasoned
1 tablespoon of beef or broth
Hot pepper to taste
1. Pound to paste the parsley, pepper, shallot, and garlic.
2. Add seasoning paste and broth to cooked beef and mix well.
3. Cook covered on medium heat for 10 minutes. Stir constantly.
4. Uncover until liquids are absorbed. Now filling is ready.
5. Place flour in a large mixing bowl and make a whole in the center. Pour in water and salt. Mix lightly with a spoon without kneading. Place dough in refrigerator 30 minutes.
6. Roll the dough into a rectangle 1/4 inch thick. Spread half the shortening mix on the dough. Fold one side over the middle and spread this section with the remaining shortening. Fold over the remaining section and again roll out to 1/4 inch thickness. Fold again into thirds and roll out. Repeat this rolling processes a third time. Refrigerate dough overnight.
7. Roll the dough to about ½ inch thickness. Cut the dough into 2 1/2 inch rounds.
8. Place a tablespoonful of beef on one side of the dough rounds. Fold and lightly press ends together. Place the patties on a baking sheet. Brush the cover with remaining rounds, pressing the edges down. Brush the tops and edges of the patties with egg yolk before placing in the oven. Place a pan of water on the bottom rack of the oven.
9. Bake at 400°F 30 minutes, then turn the oven control to 300°F and bake 20 minutes, or until golden brown