I trust your Christmas was filled with family, joy and inevitable chaos. Mine too, hence the late post. Despite the passing of the big day, I’m going to share the recipe for my very own pork and apricot terrine. It’s perfect for a buffet and I make one (sometimes two) every Christmas.
You can easily adapt this recipe so that your own Christmas flavours are represented.
Pork & apricot terrine
500g sausage meat
14 slices streaky bacon
14 dried apricots
2 tblspoons ground black pepper
1 tblspoon fresh thyme (chopped)
a pinch of ground allspice
a pinch of mace
a pinch of cinnamon
plenty of sea salt for seasoning to taste
You have to admire the humble loaf tin. So useful! Line one with the bacon so that half of each slice is in the tin and the other half is draping over the sides. The bacon keeps the terrine together as it cooks and will tighten up as water evaporates from it.
Grind plenty of black pepper into the lined tin. Next, in a medium bowl, combine the remaining ingredients by mashing them together with the back of a fork. A drop of olive oil into the mixture helps to keep it moist. Tip half of the sausage mixture into the loaf tin and spread it evenly with the fork. Gently press the apricots into the meat in pairs. This will ensure that the apricots form part of each slice as you cut the terrine.
Top the apricots with the remaining sausage meat and once again, use the fork to even out the surface. Now all you have to do is lift each bacon slice to cover the terrine and overlap them to form a parcel. You can store the terrine as it is in the fridge until you are ready to cook it, or you can cook it immediately.
Place the terrine in a roasting tin and pour enough hot water into the surrounding tin to reach almost the top of the terrine. Cover the loaf tin with foil and keep the edges sealed tightly. Place in the middle of the oven at 180C for an hour. The water surrounding the loaf tin will ensure even cooking and the foil will trap steam to help cook the meat without drying it out.
After an hour, remove the foil and continue to cook the terrine until the bacon on top is nicely done to your liking. Using oven gloves, lift the loaf tin out of the water and drain of the excess fat rendered through cooking. You may want to keep this fat and roast some potatoes in it later! The meat will have shrunk away from the edges of the tin; this is normal. Use a pair of tongs to turn the meat over. Keep the meat in the little loaf tin and return it to the oven to brown and crisp up.
Once done, remove the meat and let it cool for quite some time. When it is cooled, it will be firm and easy to slice. Serve the terrine cold with a nice Christmas chutney. You don’t have any Christmas chutney? No problem. Watch this space!