Duck & pork terrine with cranberries & pistachios

Duck & pork terrine with cranberries & pistachios

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Prep: 45 mins Cook: 2 hrs, 15 mins Mature for at least 2 days before eating

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Serves 10 - 12
Set aside a couple of hours and enjoy every minute of making this impressive terrine

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal476
  • fat30g
  • saturates11g
  • carbs11g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre0g
  • protein39g
  • salt1.66g
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  • 2 duck breasts, about 300g/10oz each, skin removed and reserved
  • 200g thinly sliced streaky bacon rashers



    Bacon is pork that has been cured one of two ways: dry or wet. It can be bought as both rashers…

  • 1kg pork shoulder, cubed



    One of the most versatile types of meat, pork is economical, tender if cooked correctly, and…

  • 2 slices bread, crusts removed
  • 100ml milk



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a 'complete' food…

  • 3 shallots, roughly chopped



    Related to the onion (as opposed to being a younger version of it), shallots grow in clusters at…

  • 1 large garlic clove, roughly chopped
  • 200g duck or chicken livers, roughly chopped



    Rich and full of flavour, duck meat is extremely nutritious, with high levels of protein, B…

  • 6 black peppercorns
  • 12 coriander seeds
    Coriander seeds

    Coriander seed

    kor-ee-and-er seed

    The small, creamy brown seeds of the coriander plant give dishes a warm, aromatic and slightly…

  • 2 cloves



    A clove is the dry, unopened flower bud of the tropical myrtle tree family used to flavour a…

  • good pinch ground cinnamon



    A fragrant spice which comes from the inner bark of a tropical tree. When dried, it curls into…

  • 2 tbsp Cognac or brandy



    Brandy is a distilled spirit made from virtually any fermented fruit or starchy vegetable.…

  • 2 eggs, beaten



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition packed with protein and a…

  • 25g shelled pistachio
  • 50g dried cranberry


    A tart, ruby-red coloured berry which grows wild on shrubs throughout northern Europe and North…


  1. Heat oven to 160C/fan 140C/gas 3. Put the duck breasts and skin in a shallow dish, then place in the hot oven for 20 mins. Discard the shrivelled bit of skin that remains, then pour the duck fat into a bowl to cool. Reserve 6 bacon rashers, then roughly chop the remainder. Roughly chop the cooked duck meat.

  2. In a food processor, blend the chopped bacon, pork and duck in batches to a coarse texture, then tip into a large bowl. Tear up the bread and soak in the milk for 5 mins. Squeeze out the bread and put in the food processor with the shallots, garlic and livers. Process to a coarse texture, then add to the bowl, mixing well.

  3. Grind the peppercorns, coriander seeds and cloves to a coarse powder using a pestle and mortar. Stir in the cinnamon. Add the spices to the meat along with 4 tbsp reserved duck fat, the Cognac, eggs and 2 tsp salt. Mix together very thoroughly – the best way is to use your hands.

  4. Press half the mixture into a 1.5-litre baking dish or similar. Scatter over the pistachios and cranberries, then cover with the remaining meat mixture. Arrange the reserved bacon rashers over the top, tucking in the ends. Cover the dish tightly with foil, then put in a roasting tin. Pour boiling water into the tin to come halfway up the sides of the dish.

  5. Bake for 2 hrs, remove foil, then bake for 15 mins more to brown the top. Cool completely, then wrap in fresh foil and chill. For the best flavour, let the terrine chill and mature for at least 2 days before eating.

  6. TO FREEZE Make the terrine as stated, cool and then freeze. Defrost in the fridge before serving.

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29th Oct, 2010
This is by far the best terrine that I have ever tasted! My family loved it and I was even asked to make one for an elderly relative of mine who couldn't get enough of it.....a definite sucess :)
23rd Aug, 2010
I didn't use bread or eggs when making this terrine and I used belly pork instead of pork shoulder. The liquid produced during cooking is meat juices and fat...don't tip it away! Most of the juices will be absorbed by the terrine as it cools. I like to compress the terrine with weights while it sits in the fridge for a couple of days. I served it as the centerpiece of a summer buffet so I didn't use the Christmasy or pink peppercorns added to the meat mixture work well.
21st Dec, 2009
Hey Does anyone know how long I can keep this after making??
30th Jun, 2009
Made this for Christmas last year and froze it befroehand, there was no problem when thawed. One of the most delicious terrines I have tasted and my husband really loved it. Am planning on make it again this year.
25th May, 2009
Made this when friends came around for dinner. It tastes fantastic especially when left for a couple for days. Will make again.
20th Apr, 2009
Just made it... It's cooling as we speak. I found the recipe really easy to follow but am a bit comcerned about the about of liquid sitting on the top. Will this jellify when it cools or should I drain it off??? I've made it for a BBQ I'm going to in 5 days, fingers crossed it gets a thumbs up from everyone!
8th Jan, 2009
First class recipe. Tasted delicious and the fact that it should be made a few days before being eaten certainly helped at Chritmas.
6th Jan, 2009
I made this in advance and froze it and it was fine - in fact I think the freezing actually improved it!! Lovely flavours and enjoyed by all. Would make again for a buffet or big party - this amount fed at least 20 for starters and we still had to throw a bit away!
3rd Jan, 2009
This is one of the best pates I have ever made. Very tasty, with lots of texture and a strong flavour. Have frozen half of it (hope it doesn't come out watery though, as in the above comment). My husband can't stop eating it!
31st Dec, 2008
My non cooking husband made this recipe for boxing day, leaving to stand for 5 days in the fridge. It was receieved with great suprise on boxing day when people had to be shown that it was home made not bought! It really was fab served with home made rhubarb chuntney and fresh bread.


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