Duck Mousse or Pate

We had the pleasure of working with Tasia Malakasis of the famous Belle Chevre Fromagerie near Athens, Alabama. Tasia showed us how to turn a few duck breasts into a delicious pate-like spread. it only takes a few minutes to whip up a batch. Surprise your non duck-eating friends with this spread, but don’t tell ’em it’s duck until after they rave about how good it tastes.

Duck Mousse or Pate

Servings: 1 1/2 - 2 cups


  • 3 strips bacon diced
  • 1/4 cup onion finely minced
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 1/3 cups skinless duck breast fillets, chopped into 1 - 2-inch chunks
  • 1/3 cup roasted pistachios
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries or "Craisins"
  • 1/2 cup goat cheese
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley leaves minced
  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeeed lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Lightly brown bacon in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion, garlic and duck breast and saute until duck is just cooked. Allow to cool.
  • Place pistachios and cranberries in a food processor and process until smooth. Add cooled duck mixture and pulse until smooth. Add goat cheese, parsley and lemon juice and continue processing until mixture is creamy and smooth. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Serve with crackers or toast points.


  1. Chuck Torinus on November 18, 2018 at 9:41 pm

    Apologies—-just saw your mousse/pate’ recipe. Any comments or hints???

    Seond send.

    • Scott Leysath on November 24, 2018 at 4:47 pm

      No hints needed. Tashia’s recipe is foolproof!

  2. Cheryl Koltusky on January 17, 2019 at 10:07 pm

    Could you use goose instead of duck? Sorry I submitted an incorrect email earlier.

    • Scott Leysath on January 17, 2019 at 11:03 pm

      Yes, but I’d use a little extra bacon with Canada geese.

      • Margaret on December 23, 2020 at 2:01 pm

        How long will this keep in the fridge?

        • Scott Leysath on December 23, 2020 at 2:13 pm

          I usually eat it within 3 to 5 days, but it’s probably good for a week.

  3. Trudie on February 17, 2019 at 7:33 pm

    Hi im just wondering how much this one recipe would make?

    • Scott Leysath on February 18, 2019 at 4:44 pm

      1 1/2 to 2 cups

  4. k on May 9, 2020 at 2:34 pm

    hello, how long can this be stored, or does it need to be eaten same day?

    • Scott Leysath on May 9, 2020 at 5:05 pm

      It’s good in the refrigerator for 3 to 5 days. I don’t freeze it.

  5. Dora on October 29, 2022 at 12:50 pm

    How do you cook the duck breast please ?

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