Pâté: The Perfect Appetizer for Valentine’s Day

Pâté: The Perfect Appetizer for Valentine's Day

It’s no secret that the key to anyone’s heart is food— and this is especially true on Valentine’s Day.

For some couples (or anything in-between), this means going out to a fancy restaurant and ordering a lavish five-course dinner. However, for others, a quiet night in with creative cocktails, delicious snacks, and a good Netflix binge is what it’s all about.

If the latter is more your speed, consider these four savory pâté-tizers that will show off your cooking skills this Valentine’s Day.

Brie and Fig Crostini

Not only is our Brie and Fig Crostini recipe creamy, smooth and delicate in flavor, it’s also incredibly simple. Slice brie and warm in a pan for a few seconds until just before it melts. Top crostini with brie slices. Then, add a layer of Duck Rillette, which has been brought to room temperature. Top with freshly sliced figs or fig jam. Voila!

Cilantro Tomato Bruschetta

Dice tomatoes and cilantro together and mix with salt and pepper. Then, dice up your choice of any of our coarse cut pâtés (we recommend our Herb de Provence or our Wild Forest Mushroom). Mix the pâté with the tomato mixture, top the bread to serve, and watch your partner swoon over their gourmet appetizer.

French Picnic Spread

If you’re looking to make a romantic statement to a new beau — without looking like a 5-stage clinger — our French Picnic Spread is just the thing.

For this, you will absolutely need: pâté (of your choosing); fresh, crusty bread; cornichons; good cheese; cured meat; and, naturally, some wine. Feel free to incorporate some fresh fruit and a little honey for the cheese, too. Oh, and pro tip: Dress the table with a gingham cloth for a final touch!

3-Ingredient Cracker Bites

Feeling extra low-key this Valentine’s Day? Don’t fret: Our 3-Ingredient Cracker Bites recipes are here to help.

Our Black Peppercorn Mousse goes perfectly with caramelized onions and a mild smoked gouda, while smoked cheddar complements the bold flavors of our classic Chicken Liver Mousse. Another great combination is any of our vegan or vegetable varieties paired with creamy hummus and crunchy cucumbers. Yum!

Our Winter Pâté Picks for a Snowy Night In

Our Winter Pâté Picks for a Snowy Night In

Feeling bogged down by cold weather blues? Then it may be time to head to the kitchen. 

When there’s a chill in the air, nothing beats a hearty, comfort meal. Which leads us to ask: What’s more hearty or comforting than pâté? The answer: nothing. Plus, if you’re stuck inside all daywhether due to frigid temperatures or heavy snowfallyou might as well eat some damn good food.

So, without further ado, here are our top three pâté picks for a winter night in.

Grand Marnier

Offering a savory experience that’s hearty but not overpowering, a bite of Grand Marnier pâté will leave your palate with lingering flavors of cognac and fresh orange. In other words, it’s as comforting as a warm blanket. 

For a light and quick winter snack, we suggest cubing Grand Marnier pâté and spearing it on a toothpick as you binge-watch your favorite TV show. Craving something a bit heavier? Pick your favorite crusty French bread and add lettuce, tomatoes, and pickles for an effortless sandwich.

Pro tip: Try Grand Marnier with a medium bodied red wine, such as Merlot. Trust us— you won’t regret it.

Truffle Mousse

Full-flavored and easy to spread, Truffle Mousse pâté boasts a delightful mixture of rich flavors and creamy, delicate textures perfect for cozying up on the couch.  

For pairing, enjoy by spreading over a simple baguette or a toasted cracker. Watching your figure? Don’t fret: Truffle Mousse pâté also pairs wonderfully with salads, creating an instantly light and satisfying meal.

If you’re looking for a buzz, opt for a glass of Rosé or Chardonnay which will bring out the earthy tones of the truffle and the best of the wild mushroom flavor. 

Tomato Basil

Vegans, rejoice! Tomato Basil pâté is a totally meat-free option that’s low in fat and calories, clocking in at just 30 calories per serving.

For a quick and refreshing meal that channels Mediterranean cuisine, pair Tomato Basil with a green salad that incorporates balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil. If you’re pining for some carbs (aren’t we all?), serve it with sliced whole grain breads and toppings of your choice for a delicious mini sandwich.

Other serving options include: flax crackers, raw pizza crusts, or dip for fresh veggies. 

Happy eating!

Cheers: Decadent Wine and Pâté Pairings

Cheers: Decadent Wine and Pâté Pairings

Much like wine, pâtés are filled with intricate flavors— and when paired, the full flavors of both truly come alive.

Overall, the acidity and refreshing nature of white wines are fabulous with most creamy, mousse style pâtés and vegetable pâtés, while the deep, satisfying flavors of red wines are a tasty companion to the heartier mousse and the traditional country style pâtés. That said, some pâté and wine combinations are more delicious than others.

Here, we lay out 5 of our favorite wine and pâté pairings.

Truffle Mousse can be enjoyed with red or white wines. This lighter bodied mousse calls for lighter bodied red wines, like a Pinot Noir or a Beaujolais. White wines are also a great companion and bring out the best of the truffle flavor and creamy texture. Try this pâté with a lighter bodied, unoaked Chardonnay or a glass of Champagne.

When it comes to Duck Liver Mousse with Cognac, we suggest pairing it with a classic Cabernet or a Port Winter. The sweetness of the Port plays well off of the pâté’s special blend of spices.

Garnished with fresh orange slices, Grand Marnier Pâté features pork, duck, and chicken liver with orange liqueur. Try this pâté with a Rosé wine. Rosé wines are medium bodied and many have the refreshing feel of white wine with a somewhat deep flavor more typical of a red.

OurForest Mushroom Pâté features the deep and earthy flavors of… well, mushrooms. To many wine enthusiasts, mushrooms should be thought of as red meat in terms of wine pairings. Pinot noir or Cabernet are perfect choices for these pâtés, or try a fuller bodied wine like Zinfandel.

Serve Tomato Basil Pâté or our Mushroom Artichoke with a dry Sauvignon Blanc. Sauvignon Blancis zesty and acidic, making it a great complement to foods that feature tomatoes or artichokes.

10 Pâté Enthusiasts Share Their Wishes for the Season

The perfect Holiday wish? Well, it depends on who you ask, of course. 

This year, Alexian asked 10 of our most loyal pâté enthusiasts about their wishes for the 2020 Holiday season. The response? Loving, thoughtful feedback that we hope can bring light and cheer to your day and the 2020 Holiday season. 

“My wish for this holiday season? May it fill all Americans’ homes with joy, your heart with love, and your life with laughter.” Nora S.

“To a healthy, happy, and peaceful New Year.” Alex D.

“As lovely as the holidays can be for many, they can also make some feel down and blue. I know this can be a difficult time of year, and I want you to know that you’re not alone. I’m sending you lots of love.” Laura F.

“To an extremely joyful present and a well remembered past. Best wishes for happy holidays and a magnificent New Year.” Kristin C.

“Whatever is beautiful to you. Whatever is meaningful to you. Whatever brings you happiness. May it be yours this holiday season and throughout the coming year.” Ronald C.

“Lots of laughter. Lots of good food. And lots of love. What else is there to life, anyway?” Rebecca A.

“May your holidays sparkle with moments of love, laughter, and goodwill. Oh, and did I mention delicious food?” Anne S.

“I’m wishing all my loved ones cookies and cakes and spices and cocoa… When it starts to smell like the holidays, it’s hard not to get into the spirit.” Danielle F.

“Our family wishes everyone a joyous holiday season and a new year filled with happiness and hope for a world at peace.” Donald N.

“This Holiday season, it’s hard to not wish for health around the world. Times are tough, but together we can all pull through.” Debra T.

Alexian Presents: Original Stuffing Ideas

Stuffing is, without a doubt, one of the best parts of Thanksgiving. Here at Alexian, we like to put our own twist on things, and this seasonal classic is no different. Read on for some of our favorite pâté-inspired stuffing ideas to try in your own home this season:

Mouthwatering Mushroom-Leek

The warm, earthy flavors of mushroom paired with the mild bite of a leek is a classic combination in holiday cooking. Bring those flavors to life in a new way by incorporating our Wild Forest Mushroom Pâté into your classic recipe.

First, make a classic stuffing base. Sauté chopped onions, shiitake mushrooms and leeks until soft. Add the sautéed vegetables to your base mix and add a hearty amount of our Forest Mushroom Pâté. Serve the stuffing as you would normally.

Apple+Duck Delight

Our Duck Rillette has an abundance of flavor, in part to the special blend of spices we add during the slow-cooking process. First, create a cornbread stuffing base, with celery and onion. Next, peel, core and chop three apples. Then combine it all together and bake until golden brown.

Top the cooked stuffing with a layer of our Duck Rillette, and serve.

Turn it into an Appetizer

With hungry guests eagerly awaiting the dinner of the year, you’re sure to get the occasional wanderer in the kitchen hoping to score a sample. Don’t make your guests wait for the main course! Tease their appetites with a bit of stuffing.

Simply double your classic stuffing recipe (or set some aside if you’re making a lot already), then scoop the uncooked ingredients into a lined cupcake pan. Bake until golden brown.

To make each cup more filling, top with something savory, like our Truffle Mousse or our Black Peppercorn Mousse. Top with a dollop of cranberry sauce for an added bite of sweetness.

Decadent Pheasant Rosemary Stuffing

Thanksgiving is a day of indulgence, and what better way is there to spoil yourself than with a decadent gourmet stuffing?

Create a meal to remember by adding our Pheasant Rosemary Pâté – rich with pheasant, pork, and duck meats, rosemary and pecans – to your stuffing recipe!

Simply cut this coarse-cut pâté into small cubes and mix into your stuffing base, along with garlic, shallot, parsley, thyme and (optionally) mushrooms.

As it cooks, the flavors of pheasant and rosemary will blend into your stuffing, giving your whole meal a heavenly taste.

Tips & Ideas for Hosting a Beer Party

It’s football season and you know what that means: Beer. Rules. All.

While there’s only a handful of ways to drink a beer, there are limitless options for how you can throw a beer party to remember. Here’s a handy checklist that will cover the basics you’ll need. Cheers!

There are thousands of craft beers currently in circulation across the US.  Seasonal beers or IPAs are an excellent choice for Fall gatherings, especially if purchased from a local brewery.Pumpkin lagers or Oktoberfest beers are also a fun seasonal addition that will be sure to win over the party. 

It’s important to remember that beer parties aren’t just about… well, beer

Presentation is key. Toss out the red solo cups and opt for 16-ounce growlers or Hefeweizen glasses. If you want to channel Oktoberfest, you can’t go wrong with boot-shaped glasses (but maybe don’t fill them up all the way). 

While decorations aren’t too big of a deal when the beer is stealing the show, Fall decor of some sort is a favorable option for a beer party. From haybills and pumpkins (if it’s an outdoor party), to fall wreaths and gourds, Fall decor can truly amp up the spirit of your beer-estivities.

Food is important to all social gatherings (and plus, it’ll prevent most people from getting too rowdy from alcohol). While chips and pretzels are great for snacking, we suggest giving your party goers something a little more savory and substantial with our vast selection of pâté. While no one pâté is a better beer companion than the other, our coarse cut pâté, like our Grand Marnier and Pheasant and Rosemary Pâté, are our favorites!

Lastly, when it comes to your beer party, fun is what people are going to take away from it. 

Drinking games are a dime a dozen on the internet (or with the right deck of cards) and are easy for anybody to pick up and learn. Outdoor games, like cornhole, are also an easy to play (but never easy to win) October staple. Additionally, music set to the right playlist or station offers the perfect ambience. 

Ultimately, know your audience (if not your beer), offer up the best of snacks (wink wink pâté), and give a toast to make this year’s Autumnal beer drinking season one to remember.

Our Favorite Autumn Pâté Pairings

The most beautiful season of the year has arrived, and while we’ll all fondly miss the fresh bites and tasty pairings that Summer brings, Autumn has plenty of treats for us. Enter pâté. Below, we highlight a few of our favorite Fall foods that go with pâté! Candy Apples: The ultimate combination of healthy and, well, not so healthy. While an apple swirled with caramel glaze is classic, up your candy apple game with fresh ingredients. After dipping your apple in caramel, try dipping it into a bowl of sugar sprinkled pecans or walnuts for extra crunch on top of your crunch. If you prefer an apple without the candy component,, pair it with pâté and cheeses for a filling snack. Pumpkin Seeds: Roasted with everything— from salt to cinnamon sugar, to jalapeno cheddar— you can spruce up a charcuterie board with more than just crunchy crackers. If homemade, you also get a pumpkin to keep (and carve!). There’s no better way to celebrate Fall than with a beautiful charcuterie board with pâté and seasonal accompaniments. Apple Cider: Beer and pâté are a match made in paradise, so why not apple cider? (Bonus points if your batch includes alcohol.) The sweet and acidic flavor of cider meshes well with the savory taste of most pâtés, especially our Duck Liver Mousse.. When it comes to the perfect Fall pâté, we honestly can’t choose (sorry!). When given the right combination, all styles of pâté can be an ever enjoyable Autumn snack.

The most beautiful season of the year has arrived, and while we’ll all fondly miss the fresh bites and tasty pairings that Summer brings, Autumn has plenty of treats for us.

Enter pâté.

Below, we highlight a few of our favorite Fall foods that go with pâté!

Candy Apples: The ultimate combination of healthy and, well, not so healthy. While an apple swirled with caramel glaze is classic, up your candy apple game with fresh ingredients. After dipping your apple in caramel, try dipping it into a bowl of sugar sprinkled pecans or walnuts for extra crunch on top of your crunch. If you prefer an apple without the candy component,, pair it with pâté and cheeses for a filling snack.

Pumpkin Seeds: Roasted with everything from salt to cinnamon sugar, to jalapeno cheddar

 you can spruce up a charcuterie board with more than just crunchy crackers. If homemade, you also get a pumpkin to keep (and carve!). There’s no better way to celebrate Fall than with a beautiful charcuterie board with pâté and seasonal accompaniments. 

Apple Cider: Beer and pâté are a match made in paradise, so why not apple cider? (Bonus points if your batch includes alcohol.) The sweet and acidic flavor of cider meshes well with the savory taste of most  pâtés, especially our Duck Liver Mousse.

When it comes to the perfect Fall pâté, we honestly can’t choose (sorry!). When given the right combination, all styles of pâté can be an ever enjoyable Autumn snack.

Easy Living: Effortless No-Cook Meals

A wise person once said, “The best meals are the ones I don’t have to cook myself.”

Okay, that person was more lazy than wise, but we’re lying to ourselves if that simple fact isn’t true. Sometimes, food you don’t have to cook is the absolute best— and no, we’re not just referring to take-out.

Below, check out our favorite no-cook meals.

Cold Cut Salad. If you think salads are basic, wake up your imagination! From fruits to veggies, to caesar dressing to buffalo ranch, your heaping serving of salad is as flavorful as your mind allows. Cold cuts and cheeses are great companions to veggies of all kinds.

Greek-Style Yogurt and Deli Meat Stuffed Peppers. Yes, that’s a leap from salad— but it’s no less complicated and can be a nice substitution for a sandwich. Grab big bell peppers, slice them in half and spoon out the seeds. Then, spread a thin layer of yogurt on the inside of the pepper before adding your choice of meat and cheese (any type will do, as there is no rulebook for this sort of thing, is there?). Add a little more yogurt, cheese and spices or herbs on top to finish it off. As a bonus, you can add as many smaller veggies as you can fit for more eye-popping flavor combinations.

Lunch Kebabs. If those two words alone don’t inspire you to rummage through your fridge and see what you can spear onto a pointy stick, here’s some inspiration: lunch meat (your choice), veggie (preferably the tangy, flavorful kind, like an olive or pepper), crusty bread(like a piece of sourdough), and cheese (your choice).

There’s no denying the ultimate no-cook meal: pâté. Pâté is delicious, and adventurous yet simpleespecially when combined with a nearly limitless amount of sides. Got cucumbers? You’ve got something to smear pâté over. Hamburger buns, but no patties? Who needs them when you’ve got pâté! Something crunchy like crackers? Bring it over and get to munching.

The Perfect Burger For The Perfect Pâté

With summer comes thousands of grills– freshly cleaned and ready for igniting. And while grills bring to mind everything, from ribs to hot dogs, one food item stands above all as number one: the hamburger.

While most people buy a 10-pack of patties from the grocery store, the ultimate burger doesn’t come prepackaged. Enhanced with pâté and a number of other savory ingredients, check out our how-to-guide on how to steal the show at your next cookout.

What You Need:

1 tsp of Worcestershire sauce (because flavor is where it counts).
1-2 lbs of ground beef (can be substituted with ground turkey)
1 egg
Salt/pepper
Ground onions
1 clove of minced garlic
1 tsp of Dijon mustard
Buns Pro tip: When choosing the buns, personal preference is a must. Aside from catering to any gluten allergies, your #1 concern should be how fluffy the bread is. Too fluffy and it detracts from the burger. Too thin and it gets soggy.
Truffle Mousse. While we recommend our Truffle Mousse selection for this particular recipe, you can get creative and use just about any other Pâté we have!

What to Do:

Whisk egg in bowl.
Add all ingredients (minus the buns, beef, and Truffle Mousse, of course) and then stir.
Add in ground beef and mix.
Form patties made from between 5 to 6 ounces of ground beef. The patties shouldn’t be wider than your intended buns.
Press your thumb into the center of the meat (this will help the patty stay round while grilling.)
Grill time! Make sure to preheat and cook between medium and medium/high (don’t be tempted to go right to high).
Flip burgers so that they don’t stick, while periodically adding a dash of salt and pepper. (Reminder: if you want a juicy burger, don’t press down on it with your spatula! Doing so doesn’t help the meat cook any faster.)
Put your burgers onto your buns and then, for the ultimate topping, smear your Pâté over the meat or onto the bun.
Enjoy!

Introducing Easy Peel Packaging

Alexian Pâté slices are now easier to open! After removing the outer sleeve, the inner package can be peeled apart for an effortless and cleaner opening. You no longer need a knife and scissors to enjoy Alexian Pâté. Mousse lovers rejoice!