Ham hock terrine... by Raymond Blanc...

OK, I admit  - this IS a dish that requires a little bit of planning, work and then waiting for the result, but the result - a colorful mix of meat and vegetables (mine is missing chopped parsley. The fact, that in my opinion, takes away a little from the taste and the look of the dish, but didn't have any parsley and couldn't go and buy it either - as it was 10 pm when the terrine was being made and assembled...). It's a dish that will be an ideal centerpiece at a party, one from which you should get about 12 portions. It can also be prepared even 2 days in advance, to take to load work when hosting a small party, family gathering etc. Even though there are many stages to make the terrine, they're all relatively easy, so you shouldn't have any problem. Be patient so - you'll be rewarded! :)

The terrine can be served with a range of accompaniments, such as pickled mushrooms, gherkins, sauce Gribiche or simple hot buttered bread or toast.

terrine raymond blanc

A terrine usually refers to a French force-meat loaf, made with coarsely chopped ingredients. Terrines are usually served cold or at room temperature. Terrines can be made of minced meat such as game or poultry, or seafood or only vegetables for vegetarian version.
This particular recipe for terrine is from one and only Raymond Blanc's "Kitchen Secrets" cookbook.

ham hock terrine - raymond blanc recipe

How to make it...
- 1 large ham hock, about 1.5kg
- 1 pig’s trotter cut in half length ways (optional)
- 2 liters cold water
- 1 bouquet garni (2 bay leaves, 5g parsley, 2g thyme, tied together)
- 8 black peppercorns
- 1 large carrot, quartered length ways
- 2 celery sticks, halved
- 1 medium white onion, peeled and cut into 6 wedges
- 1 1/2 sheets leaf gelatine
- 40 ml white wine vinegar
- 35 g flat-leaf parsley

To cook the meat for the terrine:
Put the ham hock and pig’s trotter into a large stockpot or saucepan, cover with the cold water and bring to the boil, skimming to remove the impurities. Let bubble gently for one minute. Turn down the heat to a gentle simmer, add the bouquet garni and peppercorns and put the lid on, leaving a slight gap. Cook for three to four hours, adding all the vegetables forty-five minutes before the end of the cooking time. The cooking time will depend on the size of the hock; the meat should be tender enough to pull the small bone out easily. Once cooked, lift out the meat onto a board and leave until cool enough to handle. Strain the liquor through a sieve set over a large pan, reserving the
vegetables. Soak the gelatine leaves in a shallow dish of cold water to soften for five minutes or so. Bring the strained liquor to a simmer and take off the heat. Drain the gelatine and stir into the hot liquor with the wine vinegar. Reserve 400 ml for the terrine (any excess can be used as a broth with noodles).

To prepare the terrine:
Peel off the rind and fat from the ham hocks. Cut off and discard the fat from the rind; cut the rind into one centimeter pieces. Flake the meat from the hock into a bowl, reserving three large pieces. Add the rind to the flaked meat. No additional seasoning should be needed as the hock’s cure provides enough. Set aside a quarter of the meat and rind mixture; mix the drained vegetables into the rest. Blanch the parsley in boiling water for fifteen seconds, drain, pat dry and chop roughly, then mix into the meat and vegetable mixture.

To build the terrine:
Line the terrine with two layers of cling film for extra support, leaving a ten centimeter overhang all around (to wrap the terrine once formed). Pack the meat and vegetable mixture into the terrine, placing the three reserved pieces of ham hock in the centre, then top with the reserved meat and rind mix. Pour in enough of the warm cooking liquor to come to the level of the mixture, then press down lightly so a thin layer of liquor covers the meat and vegetables. Gently fold the overhanging cling film over to cover the top and place in the fridge overnight to set.


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