Game Terrine, Truffle Dressing

Game Terrine, Truffle Dressing

A great dish which showcases the best of British game. Fantastic as a starter, this can be prepared in advance for quick service when guests require attention!

This Game Terrine is served with a truffle dressing, crushed walnuts and dried cranberry. Best served with a big chunk of toasted brioche.

Game Terrine, Truffle Dressing
Serves 6/8

Ingredients:

For the Terrine: 800g Mixed Game Breasts (E.g. Pigeon, Pheasant etc), 300g Finely Minced Game Trimmings and Pork Fat (Equal Quantities), 75g Pancetta (Chopped), 1 Garlic Clove (Crushed), 2tsp Thyme Leaves, 3 Bay Leaves, 200ml Game Stock, 3 Gelatine Leaves, Sea Salt, Cracked Black Pepper

For the Dressing and Accompaniments: 200ml Crème Fraîche, 50g Grated Truffle, 1tsp Lemon Juice, 1/2tsp Truffle Oil, 75g Chopped Walnuts, 75g Chopped Dried Cranberry, Sliced Truffle

Method:

1) Pre heat your oven to 160c. Line a terrine mould with some baking parchment to make it easier to remove the terrine once cooled. Combine the game breasts with the minced trimmings, pancetta, garlic, thyme and season with a little sea salt and black pepper. Place the bay leaves on the bottom of the terrine mould and spoon the mixture over the top and flatten.

2) Cover the terrine with kitchen foil and transfer to the oven and cook for around 2 hours or until the game is cooked through. Once cooked, remove from the oven and allow to cool.

3) Bloom the gelatine leaves in a little cold water. Meanwhile, heat the stock in a small saucepan. Add the gelatine leaves to the stock and remove from the heat – stirring to combine. Pour the stock evenly over the terrine. Place the terrine in the fridge to set for at least 24 hours.

4) Meanwhile, make the dressing by combining the crème fraîche with the grated truffle, truffle oil and lemon juice – mix well to combine. Store in the fridge until ready to serve.

5) When the terrine has set, remove from the mould and slice. Serve with the truffle dressing, the chopped walnuts, dried cranberries and sliced truffle.

Enjoy!

Country Pork Terrine

 

I was always afraid of cooking terrines! The endless preparation, the risk of collapse – there was much which could go wrong.

I have never been a great fan of smooth terrines or pâté (unless it is a big hunk of foie gras) – believing they can hide a multitude of sins. I favor course, rustic terrines with big, punchy flavours.

Typically French, country pork terrine (or pâté de campagne) benefits from a big splash of cognac. Certainly not refined, but all the more delicious for it. It is surprisingly simple to prepare, ensure you leave it to settle in the fridge overnight to allow the flavours to develop. Best served with toasted Boule and homemade chutney (gooseberry is great). Here is my take on the classic country terrine.

Country Pork Terrine
Serves 6/8

Ingredients:
For the Base: 200g Minced Pork Belly, 400g Minced Pork Shoulder, 400g Minced Pigs Liver, 1tsp Ground Allspice, 2 Crushed Garlic Cloves, Large Swig Cognac

For the Onion Mixture: 2tbsp Butter, 2 Medium Onions Finely Chopped, 1 Bay leaf, 1 Thyme Sprig Leaves Removed

To Finish: 250g Streaky Bacon, Handful Shelled Pistachios, 1 Egg (optional)

Method:
1) Combine the base ingredients in a bowl and allow to marinade in the fridge for a few hours.
2) Meanwhile, prepare the onion mixture. Sweat the onion, thyme and bay leaf in the butter for around 10 minutes until tender. Do not allow to colour. Remove the bay leaf and leave to cool.
3) Combine the base mixture with the onion mixture and the pistachios. The mixture should be quite wet – if a little dry, add a whisked egg.
4) Preheat your oven to 160C. Line the middle of a loaf tin with a sheet of baking parchment. Line the loaf tin with the streaky bacon slices horizontally. Leave an overhang of bacon on each side.
5) Spoon the terrine mixture into the loaf tin, smoothing the top. Cover the top of the terrine with the overhanging bacon.
6) Prepare a bain-marie by filling a large roasting tin half way with boiling water. Place the loaf tin in the middle of the roasting tin. Cook in the oven at 160C for around 2 hours or until cooked.
7) Allow to cool then place in the fridge overnight before serving.

To test if done – spear the middle of the terrine with a metal skewer and hold for 10 seconds – if it comes out piping hot it is ready. For those with a thermometer – ideal internal temperature is 82C.

Enjoy!