Leftover Pate

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 15 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Yield: about 2 cups
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*1 1/2 cups cooked meat (pork, ham, turkey, chicken, or roast beef)

2 hard-boiled eggs

1 cup mayonnaise, plus more as needed

1/2 cup grated cheese (Cheddar, Swiss, mozzarella)

Seasonings: curry paste, gherkins, paprika, olive paste, ground cumin, fresh sage, red peppercorns, Dijon mustard, prepared horseradish

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

Bread or crackers, for serving


  1. Put your choice of meat, the eggs, and mayonnaise into the bowl of a food processor. Add the cheese (see below*) and seasonings (see below*) and process until the mixture is well blended and has a smooth texture, about 20 seconds. Add more mayonnaise as needed if the pate is too dry. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper. Serve with bread or crackers.
  2. *For pork: Cheddar cheese and 1 tablespoon curry paste
  3. For ham: Swiss cheese, 4 gherkins, and 1 teaspoon paprika
  4. For turkey: mozzarella cheese, 2 tablespoons olive paste, and 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  5. For chicken: Cheddar cheese, 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage, and 1 teaspoon red peppercorns
  6. For roast beef: mozzarella cheese, 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard, 1 teaspoon horseradish