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What To Serve With Pate – 15 Best Dishes

If you’re wondering what to serve with your pate, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, I list 15 of the most popular side dishes for pate.

In a rush? Here’s the short answer.

The best dishes to serve with pate are French bread, seed crackers, Greek salad, bacon jam, and crepes. For heartier options, try filet mignon and baked potato. For more unusual but tasty choices, try fried capers, fried pickles, prosciutto pastry twists, and gruyere and tomato tartine.

Ready? Let’s jump right in.

French bread

With its thick, spreadable consistency, it’s a no-brainer to have your pate with a slice of crusty bread. You can use any bread, but nothing comes close to the satisfaction a crusty French bread gives you. 

Want to try your hand at baking crusty bread? 

Let Cottage Chronicles guide you through making artisan French bread – it’s easier than you think! And learn how to reheat any leftover French bread you have here.

Seed crackers

Want to serve something with more crunch alongside your pate? 

Try these seed crackers!

They’re made up of six different kinds of seeds – absolutely no flour in sight, which makes these crunchy treats gluten-free and healthy. 

Plus, they’re oh-so-delicious, all thanks to the Everything But The Bagel seasoning.

These crunchy seed crackers are highly addictive – you won’t be able to stop munching on them.

Greek salad

If you want to enjoy the savory flavors of pate in a full meal, pair it with a bowl of Greek salad

It’s a nourishing dish jam-packed with fresh vegetables and feta cheese, all dressed with a flavorful vinaigrette. 

The tangy flavors help offset your pate’s richness, giving you the perfect balance of flavors in every bite.

A classic Greek salad is quick and easy to make – perfect for a light meal. 

Onion bacon jam

Bacon onion jam is the ultimate modern condiment. 

Savory bacon bits are combined with onions, brown sugar, and maple syrup, resulting in a luscious, savory jam with hints of sweetness. 

This jam adds a sweet-savory flavor combination that complements your rich pate perfectly. 

It’s difficult to resist eating this onion bacon jam straight out of the pan.  

Pork cracklings

Planning to serve pate as an appetizer?

Make it more appealing with a side of these cracklings on the side. 

Your pate’s creaminess is guaranteed to go superbly with these salty, super crunchy treats. 

Just keep in mind to indulge responsibly with these pork cracklings.

Pssst… For a healthier version, check out this mushroom chicharon recipe


Bring the flavors of pate to brunch by serving it with these delicate crepes

These thin pancakes are traditionally filled with fruit and cream, but they’re amazing when made savory too.

Just spread your pate and add some vegetables and cheese for good measure.

Head to Gimme Some Oven’s recipe for a great step-by-step guide on how to make the best crepes. 

Filet mignon

Cooking for a dinner date?

Make it more luxurious by serving pate on top of your filet mignon. 

A perfectly cooked and seasoned steak is amazing on its own.

But adding pate gives you extra creamy textures and rich savory flavors, making your meal even more special. 

Top off your filet mignon dinner with a glass of quality cabernet.

Gruyere and roasted tomato tartine 

Also known as an open-face sandwich, this French classic can be served as a meal or appetizer.

You can use any vegetables, deli meat, and cheeses to top your sandwich.

When pairing with pate, I like to go with this gruyere and roasted tomato tartine recipe. 

The roasted tomato’s sweet-tangy flavors and the gruyere’s saltiness are an excellent contrast to your pate. 

Gouda and bacon stuffed mushrooms

Jazz up your charcuterie board with a serving of these stuffed mushrooms. 

They’re classy appetizers that are a breeze to make. 

You can stuff your mushrooms with whatever you like, but I stick to a classic super savory combination of bacon, mushroom stems, and gouda. 

Here’s the recipe: Gouda And Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms

Baked potato

Want to make your pate the star of the show? Serve it on top of a simple baked potato.

Baking whole potatoes gives them a crisp texture on the outside while leaving them soft and fluffy in the middle. They’re the perfect base that’ll allow your pate’s savory flavors to shine.

And this is an easy way to jazz up leftover baked potatoes that you’ve reheated.

Tip: use russet potatoes to make the best baked potato you’ll ever eat. 

Fried capers

These fried capers add a delicious texture and flavor twist to your pate. 

Frying your capers gives you lightly crisp morsels bursting with a combination of salty and fruity flavors.

Whether you have these fried capers as a snack or add-on to your pate, you won’t be able to get enough.

Prosciutto and gruyere pastry twists

Making a grazing board?

These savory pastry twists are what you need to complete your board. 

Flakey, buttery, savory, and cheesy – these twists have everything you could wish for. 

Plus, with the help of store-bought puff pastry, they’re super easy to make without sacrificing on taste. 

Serve these gruyere, sage & prosciutto twists with your pate for the ultimate finger food snack. 

Fried pickles

Dill pickles are a delicious snack on their own. But they’re so much better covered in seasoned panko and deep fried ’til golden.

Feeling adventurous? Ditch the panko and use potato chips, crackers, or cornflakes. 

These fried pickle spears make for a great addition to your charcuterie board.

Apple or pear slices

Peanut butter and apple is a well-known combination but these juicy fruit slices also go great with pate. Pears can work too, but go for slightly underripe pears so they’re strong enough for scooping up the pate.

And be careful not to get carried away with this treat – you can easily end up eating a whole tub of pate.


When I’ve left my bread out slightly too long, I always make crostinis with them – very thin slices of dried-out bread.

You can spread anything you like on crostinis but my favorite combination is a bit of pate and some pesto. YUM! You can use this as a quick snack whenever you’re hungry, or serve it as a tapas at a dinner party. It’s super versatile.

Goat cheese and pate is also delicious.

What To Serve With Pate

In this short recipe, I show you exactly what to serve with your pate.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: French
Keyword: pate side dishes, what to serve with pate
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 319kcal


  • 1 portion pate


  • Prepare your pate according to your favorite recipe.
  • In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
  • Side dishes include: bread, seed crackers, greek salad, onion bacon jam, pork cracklings, crepes, filet mignon, gruyere and roasted tomato tartine, gouda and bacon stuffed mushrooms, baked potato, fried capers, prosciutto and gruyere pastry twists, and fried pickles.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!


Serving: 100g | Calories: 319kcal

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