This Terrine of Pork is guaranteed to turn out perfectly. Just follow the recipe! It really is easy and yummy.  Serve with a little apricot jam, marmalade or chutney. If you want to keep it savory, just add a few pickles on the side. Some fresh baguette and you have a delicious appetizer that is sure to impress!

Terrine of Pork and Veal with Cherries and Pistachios

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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: French
Keyword: Christmas, Cold Weather, Different, Do-Ahead, Fine Food, For Foodies, New Year's
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Passive Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 45 minutes
Degree of Difficulty : Moderately Difficult
Servings: 8 people
Tip : Chicken tenders will work equally well as the chicken breast sliced into tender sized pieces.

Ingredients 

  • 1 lb lightly salted thin sliced bacon
  • 1 1/2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 clove garlic crushed
  • 1 tbsp thyme crushed
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 12 oz ground pork
  • 12 oz ground veal
  • 1 whole egg
  • 3 slices fresh bread pulsed in a food processor
  • 3/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup shelled pistachio
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries or cranberries
  • 1 chicken breast

Instructions

  • Gather all ingredients before starting the recipe.
  • Preheat oven to 350° F
  • Line a 9x5 loaf pan with aluminum foil letting ends generously hang over sides.
  • Lightly stretch 1 lb lightly salted thin sliced bacon lengthwise and line the loaf pan, slightly overlapping, then hang 3-4 slices of bacon at each end to overhang by quite a bit, these pieces will be used to cover the terrine.
  • Heat 1 1/2 tsp olive oil in a medium sauce pan over medium heat and sauté 1/2 cup finely chopped onion and 1 clove garlic, crushed for 3-4 minutes; do not allow garlic to color.
  • Place of fresh white bread in a food processor and pulse until the bread becomes bread crumbs.
  • Remove onion and garlic mixture from heat and allow to cool.
  • Place 12 oz ground veal and 12 oz ground pork in a bowl and add cooled onion and garlic mixture, 1 tbsp thyme minced, 1/4 cup chopped parsley , 1 whole egg the bread crumbs from 3 slices fresh bread , 3/4 tsp kosher salt, 1/2 cup shelled pistachio, 1/2 cup dried cherries or cranberries and 1/2 tsp ground pepper. Mix well using a kneading motion with your hands.
  • Cut 1 chicken breast into 6-8 one inch strips, about the same width as chicken tenders (or just use chicken tenders).
  • Bring up the short ends of the bacon and then cover these with the bacon at the ends.
  • Spread about 1/3 of the minced meat mixture in the loaf pan, arrange 3-4 strips of chicken on top, repeat and end with minced meat mixture on top.
  • Cover with foil and place in a deep pan. Fill pan with enough boiling water to come half way up the sides of the loaf pan.
  • Bake for 2 hours; the terrine should feel firm to the touch and the juices should be largely clear
  • Remove loaf pan from water and cool on a rack for 30 minutes.
  • Place loaf pan on a tray and cut out a piece of cardboard that fits just inside the loaf pan. Cover the cardboard with aluminum foil and place the 'lid' on the terrine and weigh down with a couple of heavy cans such as beans and refrigerate overnight.
  • The next day, remove the terrine from the loaf pan, using the foil to help lift the terrine from pan; peel the foil off the terrine and gently scrape off fat and gelled juices from the loaf.
  • Cut terrine into 1" slices.
  • Terrine will keep for a couple of weeks in the fridge, or will freeze for several months.

Serving

  • Terrine can be sliced and served on a board.
  • Can be plated and served as an appetizer.

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