This pork terrine makes a great Christmas starter. Make it in advance and freeze it for up to 2 months.
- 1 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for greasing
- 220g shallots, finely chopped
- 550g pork shoulder, minced by your butcher or chopped into small pieces, then pulsed in a food processor
- 200g smoked streaky bacon, chopped, then pulsed in a food processor
- 350g sausagemeat
- 4 tbsp port
- Small bunch of fresh thyme, leaves picked and chopped
- Bunch of fresh parsley, leaves finely chopped
- ½ tsp ground allspice
- ¼ tsp ground cloves
- 1 tsp fine sea salt
- ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 25 dried juniper berries, crushed
- 130g pistachios, roughly chopped
- 225g rindless streaky bacon rashers
- 1. Gently heat the oil in a pan over a low heat and soften the shallots for 8 minutes, then cool. Mix with all the other ingredients except the whole bacon rashers. Fry a little piece
- in a pan, then taste and adjust the seasoning as necessary.
- 2. Preheat the oven to 160°C/fan140°C/gas 3. Stretch each
- bacon rasher with the back of a knife to a length of about 28cm.
- 3. Line a 1.2 litre terrine or loaf tin with the bacon, overlapping the slices and leaving the ends hanging over the sides. Fill with the mixture, making sure it gets into the corners (it will dome slightly above the tin).
- 4. Bring the bacon up to enclose the filling. Cover the tin with lightly oiled foil, tightly scrunching it around the sides. Put the terrine in a deep roasting tray and fill with boiling water to come halfway up the sides of the terrine. Bake for 60-75 minutes. Remove the foil, drain any excess juices and return to the oven for a further 15 minutes. The terrine should be firm, the juices should run clear when pierced with a skewer and a thermometer probe inserted into the centre should reach 65°C.
- 5. Remove from the tray and cool for 15 minutes. Tip out any more liquid, cover with cling film, then place a piece of cardboard on top (cut so it fits the inside of the tin) and rest 3 or 4 cans or other weights on top of this. Allow to cool completely before turning out, then slice thickly and serve with pickles and sourdough.
Per serving (based on 10): 376kcals, 27.3g fat (7.8g saturated), 25.6g protein, 5.3g carbs (3.1g sugars), 2.3g salt, 1.6g fibre
You can store it in the tin for up to a week in the fridge. To freeze for up to 2 months, remove the cooled terrine from the tin, then wrap in baking paper and cling film. Defrost in the fridge overnight and bring to room temperature before serving.
Surprisingly perhaps, fine German Riesling, with its honeyed apple flavour, works well. So does off-dry premium cider.
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