Those who love white wines such as Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, or Chardonnay appreciate a good combination, and the perfect taste they create with our Alexian pâtés. White wines are a great choice of serving at any time since they usually have lower alcohol levels than red wines. They are better chilled, and when consumed with fish, salads, or light meals with vegetables, this kind of wine leaves a refreshing feeling. Our suggestion of pairing with Alexian pâté will do the experience even better.
Riesling wine goes well with Champagne Pâté, Sage & Pork Mousse Pâté, or Chicken Liver Mousse Pâté because of this wine’s flowery and aromatic character. Riesling wine is characterized for its dry, semi-sweet, and sparkling sip, so our pâté’s selection is a great match.
Try pairing Sauvignon Blanc with Tomato Basil Pâté and Curry and Bell Pepper Pâté. This green-skinned grape variety is the fruity taste you want for a fresh pâté choice.
Alexian Pâté pairing options for Chardonnay are Sage & Pork Mousse Pâté, or Truffle Mousse Pâté. This green variety of wine is used in the production of white wine, and it is its rich and creamy flavor that makes it perfect for our variety of products.
Refreshing fruits pairing
Refreshing summer fruits are ideal companions to pâté; they make great appetizers for summer dinners, brunches, and cookouts.
To begin, choose three or four Alexian pâtés. A smooth and creamy pâtésuch as our Chicken Liver Mousse; a country-style pâté such as our Campagne Pâté; and a vegetarian choice such as our Tomato Basil all go well together.
After you have selected your pâtés, pick up some green onions, olives, and cornichons to add to the tray. Sliced nectarines or peaches make a delicious pairing with pâtéin the summer and are a terrific way to combine sweet and savory flavors.
Another refreshing fruit pairing is sliced strawberries, raspberries, or red currants with chicken liver mousse, or pineapple diced with Pâté de Campagne.
To complement your meal, incorporate some sliced pita, ciabatta, or baguette along with hot mustard and celery sticks for an unforgettable meal.
Place everything on plain white serving ware to highlight the brilliant hues. Enjoy!
Summer Dinner Ideas for the Whole Family
Ever since our childhood, Summer has been a time to relax with our families: barbecues, picnics, cookouts, long evenings on the patio, and of course great home cooked dinners. Check out these new twists on classic and easy dishes.
1. Potato Salad
Whether you are enjoying an outdoor BBQ or an indoor dinner, a potato salad can complement your meal like nothing else can. Ingredients
2 potatoes, peeled and diced
3 hard-cooked eggs, peeled and diced
½ cucumber, peeled and diced
1 tomato, diced
1 celery stalk, diced
¼ onion, diced
¼ cup chopped green onion
salt and ground black pepper to taste
Alexian Truffle Mousse
Boil a large pot of salted water. Add potatoes and cook until soft. Rinse with cold water. In a large mixing bowl, combine the potatoes, eggs, cucumber, tomato, celery, onion, green onion, pâté, mayonnaise, and mustard. Blend evenly. Add desired salt & pepper for flavor.
2. Duck Rillette Quesadilla
Alexian Duck Rillette
To make a simple flavor-filled quesadilla, spread Duck Rillette on tortillas and top with grilled onions and peppers. Grilled seasonal vegetables such as zucchini, tomatoes, and bell peppers. Grill tortillas with all ingredients and vegetables inside.
Combine first six ingredients, beating until smooth. Cover and chill until firm or overnight. Shape into a ball and roll in a mixture of nuts and parsley. Serve it on a plate surrounded by assorted crackers.
Breakfast Ideas to Whip Up for Mom This Mother’s Day
Start Mother’s Day off right with these three delicious yet simple breakfast ideas.
Savory Breakfast Sandwich
Short on time but still want to impress mom? Then opt for our simple savory breakfast sandwich recipe.
Spread our Forest Mushroom Pâté on a toasted baguette, followed by over medium eggs and mixed greens. Hearty and delicious, the baguette will absorb all the delicious egg yolk and leave mom a happy camper.
Go-To Breakfast Wrap
For something lighter, try our Tomato Basil Vegan Pâté on a whole wheat tortilla. Add in scrambled eggs, sliced avocado, and fresh baby spinach; then wrap up and enjoy.
If mom is vegan, simply swap the eggs for other veggies— onions, broccoli, or bell peppers. Healthy and delicious? We’ll take three servings, please.
Elegant Duck Crepe
Duck Rilletteis rich and full of flavor, making it the perfect filling for a decadent breakfast crepe. Best of all, this recipe is super easy. In fact, the other two ingredients in this recipe are sautéed onions and bell peppers. That’s it.
Once you’ve sautéed the vegetables— preferably with some minced garlic, salt, and pepper— spread the Duck Rillette onto a warm crepe. Add the sautéed onions and bell peppers. Voila!
Our Pâté Picks for Spring
Ah, winter. Let’s just say: We’re glad it’s nearly over with.
While we enjoyed our many culinary adventures throughout the season, we’re looking forward to what spring may bring, especially when it comes to— yep, you guessed it— pâté.
We here at Alexian have done the research to see which pâté varieties could gain tons of traction in the upcoming season, and we’ve come up with a few guesses. So, what will be on our plate as the flowers begin to bloom? Well, let’s find out.
Recent reports by food forecasters have suggested that plant-based items will be all the rage in 2022, and pâté is no exception. Light, tasty, and 100% meat-free, our three vegan pâté offerings are sure to raise the interest of plant-based eaters nationwide. From the earthy notes of our Earthy Mushroom terrineto our Curry & Bell Pepper and Italian-inspired Tomato Basil,, our herbivorous pâtés are sure to be popular meat replacements that taste just as delicious as their non-vegan counterparts.
Wild Forest Mushroom Pâté
This upcoming season, food experts expect “to see an uptick in recipes that call on mushrooms,” according to Delish. Enter our Wild Forest Mushroom Pâté. Featuring a number of ingredients—namely, premium pork and pork liver, chopped shiitake mushrooms, and sherry wine— this unique pâté offers a simple, refined taste that can be enjoyed on its own, or in a variety of dishes. Most importantly, the recipe is a call back to its gourmet heritage, which has been made and celebrated for centuries in Europe.
Experts agree that this season will see a return of fine dining. “If you follow restaurant trends over the last two decades, when we’ve come out of a period of unrest—including 9/11 or the 2008 economic crisis, for example—there’s been a return to super high-end dining and really inventive cuisine,” Paul C Reilly, chef/owner of Coperta and Apple Blossom in Denver explained to Food & Wine. “The time is ripe for this and I think people will be willing to go out and spend more and gather together around a more formal dining experience.”
This brings us to the question: What says fine dining more than truffles? Full-flavored and easy to spread, our Truffle Mousse is a decadent combination of pork, turkey and chicken liver, sherry, truffles, wild mushrooms, and spices. It’s smooth, it’s creamy, it’s… delicious. And while it might not be “fine dining” in the traditional sense of, say, eating at a Michelin starred restaurant, it’s definitely a high-quality, gourmet indulgence. There’s no doubt about it: Truffle Mousse is surely one food that will define how we eat in the upcoming months.
Most Underrated Breads You Should Serve with Pâté
Deciding which bread to pair with pâté can be a… well, an overwhelming process. So, with the hope of helping you feel more equipped when you go to grab that lovely loaf off the grocery shelf, we carefully rounded up our top bread choices for accompanying pâté. That said, we’re not highlighting just any bread choices— instead, we’re focusing on the underrated ones. Read on below.
An Italian bread made from wheat flour, salt, yeast, and water, ciabatta is crusty, versatile, and addictively delicious. Perfect for sandwiches and paninis, it also pairs well with— yep, you guessed it— pâté.
A yeasted bread made from a starter — a fermented mixture of flour and water— sourdough is infamous for making fantastic grilled cheeses. Offering a substantial crust with a soft, chewy center and large air bubbles, this loaf is amazing when paired with our vegan selections, veggies, and French cheese.
Focaccia An Italian bread typically baked flat, focaccia is similar to pizza dough, and is often flavored with rosemary and garlic. Typically coated with olive oil before baking for a delicate yet crispy crust, it’s often enjoyed on its own, but is also great for dipping in soup or serving with meat, cheese, and pâté.
A French bread made with eggs and butter, brioche is a super light bread with subtle sweetness. Its totally soft crust— and golden hue— makes for an amazing match to our pâté. Think: A soft-as-a-pillow pastry with an ever-so delightful savory touch.
2021 Roundup: Our Top 5 Recipes of the Year
Before the year ends, we wanted to look back at our favorite recipes of 2021. Read on below.
Full of texture and bursting with flavor, perk up your day with this finger-licking-good recipe that lends a modern twist to a classic bagel flavor.
Toast the halves of an everything bagel to a golden, brown color. Spread the cream cheese across the bagel halves (the more the better). Pile high with the Chicken Liver Mousse and chives. Voila!
Made with just six ingredients, this vegan crepe recipe is ridiculously simple— and extraordinarily delicious. All you’ll need is Earthy Mushroom Pâté, chickpeas, diced onion, minced garlic, spinach, and soy sauce.
In a skillet, heat the oil over medium heat and add the diced onion and Earthy Mushroom pâté. Sauté for 3-4 minutes before adding the chickpeas and soy sauce. Stir occasionally.
Fry for a few more minutes and stir in the minced garlic. Toss in the spinach and cook for 1-2 more minutes, then turn off the heat.
Place the filling in a food processor or blender for some seconds, and then spread 1½ to 2 tablespoons of the filling onto a dairy-free crepe. Salt and pepper to taste.
A Pâté-Inspired Grilled Cheese
For an “adult” twist on a grilled cheese you can turn to again and again, gather shredded white cheddar, sliced Swiss, a thick sliced bread, grilled onions, and our Wild Forest Mushroom Pâté.
Butter one side of two slices of bread. Add a thin slice of our Forest Mushroom Pâté, top with a slice of Swiss cheese, a sprinkle of white cheddar cheese, the grilled onions, another slice of Swiss, and finally the other slice of bread. Cook butter-side-down in a nonstick pan until golden brown on each side.
Tomato Pasta Salad
Featuring large chunks of ripe tomatoes, fresh basil, tangy red onion, and Parmesan cheese, Tomato Pasta Salad is a satisfying meal that everyone will love.
For our pâté-inspired version of this recipe, you will need:
In a large bowl, mix the tomatoes, garlic, salt, pepper, oil, basil, red onion, and Parmesan cheese. Cover, then refrigerate for around two hours to blend the flavors. Meanwhile, cook and drain pasta as you would normally. Rinse with cold water to cool; drain. Slice the pâté into small chunks and let it get to room temperature. In a large serving bowl, mix cooked pasta, tomato mixture, and pâté until well combined. Sprinkle extra Parmesan cheese over top, to taste.
Naturally, we saved the best (and most complex in our list) for last.
An iconic dish in the Philippines, Beef Kalderata is a savory beef stew cooked with creamy tomato sauce, fresh vegetables, and liver spread (in our case, pâté). Commonly served on holidays and special occasions, this spicy mainstay is flavorful and tender, offering melt-in-your-mouth meat and soul-satisfying comfort that’s sure to impress.
Cook the beef until it becomes tender (about 30 mins if using a pressure cooker, or 1 to 2 hours if using an ordinary pot).
Add the potato and carrots. Cook for 8 to 10 minutes.
Put the green olives and bell peppers in the cooking pot. Stir and continue to cook for 5 minutes more.
Add salt and pepper, to taste.
Serve hot. Enjoy!
Crostini are one of the easiest and most versatile appetizers to make. It consists of small slices of grilled or toasted bread, typically topped with vegetables, meats, or cheeses. It is the perfect dish for hot days when you don’t want to be in the kitchen all day.
First, preheat your oven to 350°. Cut a baguette into ¼ inch thick slices and line them on a baking sheet. Brush both sides with extra virgin olive oil and season with fresh cracked salt and pepper. Bake, flipping the breads halfway through, for 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden. Let them cool and top with your favorite topping. Below are a few unique topping ideas.
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 and top the bread to serve.
Brie and Fig Crostini:
Slice brie and warm in pan for a few seconds until just before it melts. Top crostini with brie slices. Then a layer of Duck Rillette, which has been brought to room temperature. Top with freshly sliced figs or fig jam.
Pâté and Nectarine Tartine:
Pit and slice a nectarine, and warm in a small pan on high for 45-60 seconds on each side or until tender. Let the slices cool a bit. Spread crostini with Chicken Liver Mousse or top with thin slices of Grand Marnier Pâté. Place nectarines on top and serve.
One Bite Delights!
Entertaining at home can be fun! Alexian makes it easy to whip up fun, creative yet simple finger foods and one-bite appetizers.
Create a sampler platter and allow guests to create their own one-bite delights. Present a few different pâtés next to each other and show off a variety of colors, textures and flavors. Make it festive by forgoing labels and letting partygoers guess the flavors and ingredients.
Simply arrange some small, garnished plates and make finger food-sized portions of pâté available. If your guests are new to pâtés, we recommend offering a smooth and creamy mousse. Our duck liver mousse with Cognac is a best seller and even children love it.
All Alexian varieties can be paired with chunks of bread, cheeses and small portions of vegetables. Our pâtés are playful foods, so don’t be afraid to experiment with ingredients. Here are some of our favorite combinations for single-bite party foods.
– Baked potatoes with Duck Rillette. Slice the potatoes in half the long way, add a generous dollop of pâté in the middle and cut into fourths to serve on toothpicks.
– Hallowed out zucchinis, peppers and tomatoes can be filled with pâtés like Pheasant Rosemary, Campagne or Grand Marnier. Cut them into small pieces and serve on toothpicks.
Our Gooiest Cheese Dip Recipes for the Holidays
Get your holiday parties started in style this year with these delicious cheesy pâté dips. As indulgent as they are simple, read on below for 3 recipes that’ll impress family and friends alike.
An eggplant lover’s dip that gives guests the opportunity for casual, friendly chatter while munching on delicious cheese and pâté? Yes, please!
To create this creamy appetizer, first drain and rinse one can of white beans. Stir the beans into the pâté, mashing slightly until thoroughly combined. Top with crumbled goat cheese, to taste, and heat at 350°F until warm all the way through. Yum.
To create this dinner party sensation, start by halving and slicing one brown or yellow onion. Then, sautéing in a saucepan over medium-high heat with olive oil and salt and pepper to taste. Once caramelized, remove from heat.
Next, grate eight ounces of Gruyère cheese. In a medium bowl, mix ¾ of the cheese and the Truffle Mousse. Spread into a small baking pan. Top with the caramelized onions, a generous drizzle of honey, and the remainder of the cheese.
Let it bake at 425°F for about 25 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and hot. Dig. In.
For a simple, effortless dip that’s as flavorful as it is versatile, look no further than a bold smoked cheddar dip with our decadent Duck Liver and Pork Mousse with Cognac, a winner of the prestigious Good Food Award in San Francisco.
Melt grated smoked cheddar (on the stovetop or in the microwave) and then pour it over an even layer of the mousse. That’s. It. Yes, this recipe is really that simple. Pro tip: Make sure the mousse has been heated up before you pour in the smoked cheddar, and that you have some crackers on hand to really indulge.
If you wish, you can also stir the smoked cheddar into the mousse so it’s evenly distributed throughout the dip.