Salume maestro Elias Cairo started Olympia Provisions in Portland, Oregon back in 2009 with the aim of bringing old world recipes and flavors to a new audience here in the states. It sure feels like he hit the mark with this classic country-style pâté, guaranteed to wow pâté lovers and make a lot of new pâté fans in the process.
Using sustainably, humanely raised pork, the meat masters at Olympia mix in a bit of milk and bread for body, plus onion, garlic, fresh herbs, spices, a dab of port wine, and pistachios. The texture is wonderful: chunky, meaty, nutty, not quite spreadable on a cracker but really great on crusty bread with mustard. Serve with some well-aged cheese and a few pickles and you’d swear you were feasting in a country pub.