Country Terrine

TOTAL TIME: 9 hr 45 min
Prep: 10 min
Inactive Prep: 8 hr
Cook: 1 hr 35 min
YIELD: one 10-by-2 1/2-inch terrine
LEVEL: Intermediate


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 to 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup/60 ml Cognac
  • 1 pound/500 g ground pork
  • 8 ounces/250 g pork or beef liver, coarsely chopped
  • 8 ounces/250 g ground veal shoulder
  • 1 1/4 cups/80 g breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs, such as thyme, parsley and chives
  • 1 teaspoon quatre-epices
  • 3 eggs
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 8 ounces/250 g slab fat, pork fatback, or pork belly or bacon
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Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F/180 degrees C.

Melt the butter in a saute pan and gently saute the onions until soft. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Pour in the Cognac, remove from the heat and cool slightly.

Combine the ground pork, liver and ground veal in a large bowl. Add the onion mixture, breadcrumbs, herbs, quatre-epices and eggs. Mix well. Sprinkle with plenty of salt and pepper. Fry a patty of it to check for seasonings and adjust if necessary.

Thinly slice the pork fat and line a 10-by-2 1/2-inch terrine mold with the slices, slightly overlapping them and allowing it to hang over the edges. Pack the meat mixture into the terrine and press down evenly. Fold the overhanging strips of fat over the top and add a few more slices if necessary to cover the top. Cover the top with a piece of parchment paper, then cover the terrine with foil.

Put the terrine in a roasting pan and pour around enough boiling water to come halfway up the sides of the terrine. Place in the oven and cook for 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Remove from the water bath and cool completely. Place a brick on it and refrigerate overnight. Slice and serve.



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