Saturday, 22 October 2016
Paté v Rillettes.
Everyone knows about Paté, but do you know about its big cousin 'Rillettes'? I shall try to explain the difference.
Paté is made from coarsely ground raw Pork, with the addition of herbs, etc. This is put into jars/cans/dishes and sterilised or cooked. Rillettes is made from either Pork, Duck, or Goose (or a mixture), which has been slow cooked in stock, allowed to cool, then the meat pulled apart and semi-mashed. This meat is then mixed with fat (from the same animal type), and stored under a further layer of fat. It is not really designed to last too long, unless potted like the jar above.
Additions, and seasonings, in both cases depend on the maker.
Here in France we eat a lot of both Paté and Rillettes. Both are fatty, and should be eaten in small quantities.
We've just recently consumed a jar of the Goose Rillettes (above), made in nearby Cahors. In my humble opinion, it is one of the most delicious things on earth, and eaten with good freshly baked Sourdough bread, must be the zenith of French charcuterie.
If you are lucky enough to find a jar of Mémé Quercy's Rillettes d'Oie in a store near you, buy one. It's not cheap, but you'll not regret it. It is not to be compared to the inferior northern Pork Rillettes du Mans, that one finds in all French supermarkets.
Good Paté is good; good Rillettes is sensational.