With these shorter days and colder nights drawing in, I do find it more of an effort to go out. I’m not remotely a winter person. I hate the lack of sunlight, I feel the cold and I mourn the golden days of summer – so any chance I have to be social at home always wins my vote.
That’s where the idea of hosting a Castle Maclellan #PateParty comes in. You could call it the new cheese and wine party. Perfectly accompanied by Prosecco or red wine, it would make the ideal low effort addition to any book club or friends/neighbours gatherings.
As someone who cooks a regular supper club, I have found myself hosting far fewer dinner parties than I used to. As much as I love all of my friends, I don’t want to spend an entire Saturday in the kitchen cooking for them to demonstrate this, so inviting friends around for an impromptu #PateParty solves this conundrum perfectly.
Castle Maclellan sent me over a generous selection of their pate range, so all I had to do was come up with my favourite accompaniments.
The range includes:
-Luxury Orkney crab terrine with lemon & mustard
-Chicken liver pate with Sctottish heather honey
-Oven roasted mushroom pate with thyme & garlic
-Rannoch smoked duck pate with apple jelly
Here are my top tips for the perfect #PateParty accompaniments:
-An excellent selection of breads and crackers, such as Peter’s Yard rye crackers, ciabatta loaves, baguettes or even toasted brioche which works especially well with the chicken liver pate
– Pickles such as gherkins, quick pickled cucumbers, baby onions, green pickled chillies and lots of olives
– A couple of cheeses such a Goat’s, Camembert (baked), Gruyere or a Stilton/Roquefort typr blue cheese
– A bunch of grapes and dried fruits such as Figs or Dates
– Nuts, especially walnuts or pickled walnuts and roasted hazelnuts or salted almonds
– An interesting chutney or two. I like sticky fig relish and caramelised onion – a bramble jelly would work well too.
– Cured meats and fish such as salami, chorizo, smoked mackerel
– To drink, I like Prosecco with the fish pate and red wine with the meat varieties
The pates all have distinctive individual flavours. I particularly liked the texture of the chunky mushroom and the duck pates but the children preferred the smoother smoked salmon and crab pates whereas my husband loved the chicken liver classic.
Our neighbours happily tucked into the pates enjoying them all so much that we decided to make a #MannequinChallenge video to prove it…
Here is some background info about Castle McLellan:
· Castle MacLellan Foods Limited is based in Dumfries & Galloway and has been producing high quality pâtés for over 30 years.
· The company offers a range of meat, fish and vegetarian pâtés, available in a variety of formats to cater for different customers including individual tubs and slices.
· The ingredients are all locally sourced and include Rannoch smoked duck, Scottish smoked salmon, Orkney crab and Scottish heather honey– showcasing the best produce Scotland has to offer.
· Part of the Kavli trust, their profits go to charities and good causes.
*Sponsored post* in association with Castle Maclellan. All views my own.