Polish Pork-And-Beef Pate (Pasztet)

Polish Pate

G-M Studio / Marek Gerstman

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 100 mins
Total: 115 mins
Servings: 18 to 20 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
332 Calories
23g Fat
7g Carbs
23g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 18 to 20
Amount per serving
Calories 332
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 23g 29%
Saturated Fat 8g 39%
Cholesterol 79mg 26%
Sodium 712mg 31%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Protein 23g
Calcium 42mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This recipe for Polish Pâté or Pasztet (PAHSH-tet) is from chef Bogdan Gałązka's "The Taste of Gothic" (AWRT, 2015). The book is written in both Polish and English using metric measurements and, at this point, can only be ordered online from Polish Internet bookstores. We give the recipes in both U.S. measurements and metric measurements, so be sure to weigh your ingredients, where applicable, for accuracy.

Most people associate the word "pâté" with liver but there is none in this recipe, just beef flank steak, and pork shoulder. The word pâté means "pie" in French and refers to an elegant dish of well-seasoned ground meat, poultry or seafood mixed with seasonings and some type of fat that is baked in a pâté mold or terrine, or sometimes in a crust (en croûte). Because pâtés are a little time-intensive, they're usually reserved for the most elegant occasions as a hot or cold appetizer.

This chef-historian is the chef and co-owner of the Gothic Café & Restaurant in Malbork Castle, the largest brick castle in the world near Gdansk, Poland, and the Baltic Sea.


  • 2.2 pounds/1 kilogram beef (flank steak)
  • 1.1 pounds/500 grams pork (boneless shoulder)
  • 10.5 ounces/300 grams pork fat
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 grains allspice
  • 5 grains black pepper
  • 2 rolls bread (dry)
  • 2 onions (peeled and thinly sliced)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 pinch nutmeg
  • 3 cloves garlic (crushed)
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil (for the mold)
  • 1 tablespoon bread crumbs (for the mold)

Steps to Make It

  1. Wash the beef, pork and pork fat. Drain and place in a large pot. Add bay leaf, allspice, black pepper grains and pour in sufficient cold water to cover the meat.

  2. Simmer until the meat is tender. Remove the pan from the heat. Place the rolls on the stock to soak. Fry the peeled and thinly sliced onions in a little oil in a frying pan until tender.

  3. Once the meat has cooled, remove it from the stock and then, together with the roll and fried onions, grind this mixture twice in a meat grinder. Season to taste with salt, pepper, nutmeg, and crushed garlic. Mix these ingredients thoroughly. The pâté mixture must be moist. If it is too dry, add some of the stock from the meat cooking.

  4. Grease a small mold or baking pan with oil and sprinkle with bread crumbs. Transfer the pâté mixture to the pan, filling it to 3/4 of its height. Bake for approximately 40 minutes in an oven heated to 350 F/180 C. Allow the baked pâté to cool before unmolding or slicing and serving. If you like, serve this with Polish cranberry-currant sauce.