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Veal pâté is a smooth, spread that works well as an appetizer or a side. Rich meat flavor is sweetened by being simmered in onions, and additionally softened by blending with mayonnaise and sour cream. It's not a surprise this decadent spread is everyone's favorite breakfast. 

Balkan Veal Pâté

  • Author: Balkan Lunch Box
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 40 mins
  • Total Time: 45 mins
  • Yield: 20 1x
  • Category: Appetizer


Veal pâté is a smooth spread that is both an appetizer and a side dish. Rich meat flavor is sweetened and simmered in onions, then additionally softened by blending with mayonnaise and sour cream. It’s not a surprise this decadent spread is everyone’s breakfast favorite. 


  • 3.5 ounces oil (sunflower or vegetable)
  • 1.5 pounds veal (minced)*
  • 2 onions (medium, minced)
  • 810 ounces water
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 parsley strand (minced)


  1. In a large pan, heat oil over medium. Add veal and simmer for 15-20 minutes, stirring frequently.
  2. Add onion, stir and continue simmering. Keep adding water, a little bit at a time. Simmer for additional 15-20 minutes, or until the onion is crystalized and meat is medium-well done.
  3. Transfer to a blender. Add mayonnaise, sour cream, and parsley. Blend for 2-3 minutes, or until the mixture is smooth and spreadable. (Depending on the blender you may have to do this in two times, so divide mayonnaise and sour cream.)
  4. Transfer to a jar and keep in the fridge. Spread over crackers, bread, or use as a side.


Mincing and dicing will depend on your blender. If you have a Vitamix or Blendtec, meat and onions can be diced into larger chunks. For any other blender, mince the ingredients ahead to prevent the blender motor from burning out.
*Meat substitutions: rump steak or fillet.

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