There are many recipes for artisan terrines and pâtés.

But what are the differences between a terrine and a pâté?

They are quite subtle and vary by region and recipe.

These shades include:

  • Texture: in general, a terrine has a coarser and more rustic texture than a pâté, which is generally finer and smoother.

  • Ingredients: They vary widely, but in general a terrine has more coarsely ground meat, vegetables and herbs, while a pâté has more foie gras and finely ground meat.

  • The cooking method: terrines are often cooked in a bain-marie, while pâtés are often baked without a bain-marie.

  • The presentation: terrines are often served in thick slices, while pâtés are often served in thinner slices.

Here are the basic steps for preparing a terrine or pâté:

  1. Prepare the ingredients: to prepare a terrine or a pâté, you will need a meat or a mixture of meats, onions, garlic, herbs, spices, eggs and other ingredients depending on the recipe you are following.

  2. Chop the meat: Chop the meat using a meat grinder or food processor. The consistency of minced meat depends on the recipe you are following.

  3. Mix the ingredients: in a large bowl, mix the ground meat, onions, garlic, herbs, spices and eggs until well blended.

  4. Season: add salt and pepper to season your mixture.

  5. Pack in a terrine: pack your mixture in a terrine, making sure that it is well compacted. You can also add additional ingredients such as bacon bits, mushrooms, nuts or dried fruit at this stage.

  6. Baking: baking depends on the recipe you are following. Most terrines and pâtés are baked at 17-18°C for about an hour, but it's important to check your recipe's cooking instructions.

  7. Cooling: let the terrine or pâté cool before unmolding and serving.

There are many different terrine and pâté recipes, so feel free to explore different options to find the one that best suits your tastes.

Thus there are many recipes for terrines with green or black olives, but also terrines made with pesto.

It can thus be combined with fresh goat cheese and vegetables for a delicious "Terrine of fresh goat cheese with vegetables and pesto",

Here is a quick and easy recipe for Chicken Terrine with Pesto

You will need chicken breasts, green or red pesto, an egg, garlic, salt and pepper and a cake tin for making the terrine.

  • Cut the chicken breasts into fairly large pieces
  • Mix the pesto with the beaten egg
  • Oil the cake tin with olive oil
  • Arrange chicken pieces in the bottom
  • Add a layer of pesto
  • Repeat the operation with the chicken, then the pesto… until you have no more chicken.
  • Pack everything well
  • Bake at 18° for about 4 minutes. Check for doneness.
  • Once cooked, let cool and place in the refrigerator 1 to 2 days before tasting, serve in slices.