Pâté de Campagne, or Country Pâté

I love pâté de campagne but I had never tried to make it before. When I found this recipe for pâté de campagne by Julia Child, I couldn't wait to make it. I'm always looking for good liver recipes, because liver is so nutritious.

According to the Weston A. Price Foundation, liver:

  • contains more nutrients, gram for gram, than any other food
  • is an excellent source of high-quality protein
  • is nature's most concentrated source of vitamin A
  • has all the B vitamins in abundance, particularly vitamin B12
  • is one of our best sources of folic acid
  • contains a highly usable form of iron
  • has trace elements such as copper, zinc and chromium
  • has an unidentified anti-fatigue factor
  • contains CoQ10, a nutrient that is especially important for cardio-vascular function
  • is a good source of purines, nitrogen-containing compounds that serve as precursors for DNA and RNA

I think you're going to like this pâté, even if you don't normally like liver. It tastes a lot like Braunschweiger or liverwurst, only I think it's even more mild. It's delicious served with sourdough bread, Dijon mustard, and Cornichons or other pickles.

This recipe is based on Julia Child's recipe for in her book, The Way To Cook. I modified it slightly, based on what I had on hand. I also think it's very important to use real sourdough bread, not yeasted bread (real sourdough breaks down the phytic acid; phytic acid prevents absorption of minerals). I have also specified that it is necessary to buy organic liver, and ideally, you want to use pastured or free-range chicken and eggs, and nitrate-free sausage.


Pâté de Campagne, or Country Pâté

  • Author: Ann Marie Michaels


  • Yellow onion (1)
  • Butter (2 TBS)
  • Nitrate-free, antibiotic- and hormone-free pork sausage meat (1 pound)
  • Raw pastured or free-range chicken breast (1 pound)
  • Organic pork or beef liver (8 ounces)
  • Sourdough bread (10-12 ounces) — real naturally fermented sourdough bread, not the fake stuff they sell at the grocery store
  • Large egg, preferably pastured (1)
  • Goat cheese (1/3 cup)
  • Garlic (1 clove)
  • Port, cognac or brandy (3 TBS) — I used port, because we didn't have any cognac. You could also use Armagnac.
  • Sea salt (1 TBS)
  • Ground allspice 1/4 tsp
  • Thyme, fresh or dried (1/4 tsp)
  • Bay leaves (2)
  • Freshly ground pepper (1/4 tsp)


1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Saute the chopped onions in the butter.
3. Mix all the ingredients in a food processor. I couldn't fit them all in so I had to mix each ingredient and then mix them by hand in a large bowl.
4. When thoroughly mixed together, pack into a terrine or loaf pan (preferably enamel) and cover with wax paper or parchment paper (cut in a rectangle to fit on top). Layer foil on top of that (with a one-inch overhang of the foil).
5. Bake in a bain-marie (set the loaf pan in a shallow pan of water — the water should come up halfway up the sides of the loaf pan) for 1 to 1-1/2 hours. A meat thermometer should read 160-165 degrees.
6. Let cool for an hour, then refrigerate when cool at least overnight. Serve cold or room temperature with sourdough bread, Dijon mustard, and cornichons or other pickles.

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I have 25 years of experience in digital and online media & marketing. I started my career in Silicon Valley and Los Angeles, working at some of the world’s top ad agencies. In 2007, after my first child was born, I started this little food blog which I grew to over 250K monthly unique website visitors and over 350K social media followers. For nearly 15 years, I've helped my audience of mostly moms and women 25-65 cook for their families and live a healthier lifestyle.

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27 thoughts on “Pâté de Campagne, or Country Pâté

  1. Thanks for this recipe! Pate is a great way to get liver in the diet.
    Soli, I have had pate as an appetizer at a French Restaurant before and they also served it with tiny pickles called gherkins and pickled onions and thinly sliced red onion along side a very nice French baguette. I’m no expert on nutrition or French cuisine, but the tang of the pickles is a nice contrast to the richness of the pate.
    Talking about this makes me hungry! I think today I’m going to make this.

  2. Soli, I would imagine that pairing liver with a food item high in vitamin C is so your body can take full benefit of the iron in the liver. Iron is best absorbed in the presence of vitamin C.

  3. Just got some beef liver and I was trying to figure out what to do with it. What a timely post! I’ll be making this for sure.

  4. I have been looking for some good liver pate and liverwurst recipes. I used to love liverwurst as a kid growing up in Europe. Its been ages since I have tried some but have great memories eating it as a kid. My girls can choke some liver down but my eldest dd says it tastes like eating mud :-0

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    1. I like your daughter’s description that it is like eating mud. I don’t know how to describe it but I definitely have a texture issue with liver.

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  6. Just wondering if you might know of a good recipe for beef liverwurst? I know there’s such a critter; I used to buy it at Bagelstein’s in Dallas. I am looking for a recipe without pork.

  7. I just ate liver pate for the first time this summer and I must say it was phenomenal. I also tried a slice fried in bacon fat with a fried egg. Super rich and delicious

  8. I have to try this. I bought some liver, I know we need to eat it, it is good for us…. but we never ate it in my house. I did make a dish with it last night, kind of ‘hid’ the liver…. maybe this will be for when we are ready to eat liver openly LOL.

  9. I have not been able to find a way to make liver that I can eat. For some reason, I just cannot stomach liver. (pun intended). When I am feeling brave, I will give this recipe a try.

  10. My husband loves store bought liverwurst, so I am looking for a recipe that he would love. He might like this one. Could we leave the bread out?

  11. Oh thank you so much for this! I just ordered two lbs. of beef liver because I need the nutritional benefits but was worried about how it would taste..I think this’ll do it! :P)

  12. 1 tbsp of salt made this way too salty, I’ll cut back to 1 tsp next time. Otherwise, it was pretty good. My liver-hating family ate it without wondering what was in it. 🙂

  13. Hello! Does anyone know if this would freeze well? I’m likely the only one in our family that will eat this and I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be able to eat it all before it would need to be tossed out.


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  15. I never used bay leaves without removing them prior to serving. It seems that that wouldn’t chop up properly. Am I over thinking this

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