Sunday, February 12, 2017

Hillbilly Pâté Hoagie with Cilantro Roasted Pepper Spread and Neon Relish

     Hillbilly Pâté!
     Liverwurst can still be found on local tavern menus in Pennsylvania.  I once had a good Liverwurst Sub at an old neighborhood tavern in Norristown, just outside of Philadelphia back in the early 1980's.  Since Norristown used to be a famous Italian neighborhood, the sandwich was garnished with Minced Red Pepper Giardiniera.  
     A few years later in the 1980's, I was cook at a classy yacht club.  Many of the club members requested that their own favorite food items be stocked in the yacht club kitchen, for when they played cards in the afternoon.  Canned Sardines and Liverwurst were favorites of the wealthy old timers.  Since the yacht club was a prestigious place, any time that a customer requested a Liverwurst Sandwich, us cooks jokingly referred to it as "Hillbilly Pâté."
     The Hillbilly Pâté nickname for Liverwurst stuck.  Every time that Liverwurst is mentioned, I cannot not help but to think of Hillbilly Pâté.  Of course, the word Pâté should be pronounced "pāt" to make the nickname sound authentic.  
     After researching the Liverwurst nickname topic for some odd reason, I found out that the nickname Kentucky Pâté has been used to describe Liverwurst for nearly a century.  Using the Kentucky Pâté nickname may not please folks from Kentucky that are sensitive to the use of old derogatory stereotypes that may not necessarily be accurate in this modern age.  On the other hand, a Hillbilly never seems to mind being called a Hillbilly.  In fact, most Hillbillies are rather proud of their heritage.  For this reason alone, Hillbilly Pâté is the better choice for naming a trendy tavern style Liverwurst Hoagie Sandwich.  
     Hoagie Roll:
     Hoagie Rolls are shaped like an Italian Sub Roll, but the texture is softer.  Hoagie Rolls have a soft crust, just like any bread that is enriched with milk.  Follow the link to the recipe in this website if a fancy Hoagie is preferred.   

     Cilantro Roasted Red Pepper Spread:
     This recipe yields 1 cup.  (Enough for about 4 or 5 sandwiches.)
     Step 1:  Place 2/3 cup of mayonnaise in a food processor.
     Add 1 tablespoon of Dijon Mustard.
     Add 1 tablespoon of virgin olive oil.
     Add 1/4 cup of chopped roasted red bell pepper.
     Add 2 tablespoons of chopped cilantro.
     Add 1 teaspoon of Hungarian Paprika.  
     Add 2 pinches of sea salt and white pepper.
     Step 2:  Pulse the food processor till the ingredients are pureed.
     Place the spread in a sealed container and chill for 1 hour.  (The spread will thicken after it is chilled.)   

     Hillbilly Pâté Hoagie with Cilantro Roasted Pepper Spread and Neon Relish:
     This recipe yields 1 Hoagie Sandwich (8" to 10"). 
     Chicago Style Neon Relish can be found in the Chicago area, Chicago Hot Dog Shops and at internet shopping websites.  This relish has a unique flavor and a bright aquamarine color.        
     Step 1:  Split an 8" to 10" White Whole Wheat Hoagie Roll in half.
     Spread a generous amount of the Cilantro Roasted Pepper Spread on the bread.  (2 to 3 tablespoons)
     Step 2:  Place a thin layer of romaine lettuce leaves on the bread.
     Place a few thin sliced Sweet Vidalia Onion rings on the lettuce.
     Step 3:  Overlap 3/8" thick slices of Liverwurst on top of the garnishes.  (About 6 to 8 ounces.)
     Spread a generous amount of Neon Relish over the Liverwurst.  (About 3 or 4 tablespoons.)
     Step 4:  Use fancy bamboo sandwich picks to attach the top of the sub roll.
     Cut the sandwich in half and place it on a plate.
     Garnish the plate with cilantro sprigs and pickles of your choice.  

     Viola!  A Hillbilly Pâté Hoagie! 

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