Pressing of lightly smoked eel with foie gras, pork belly and Granny Smith apple

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This stunning dish is a variation of the usual foie gras terrines, with the addition of smoked eel (which you can buy thinly sliced), meaty pork and tart apples. Slow cook the pork belly before starting this wonderful Robert Thompson eel recipe.

First published in 2015






  • Thermometer
  • 20cm x 14cm x 5cm container
  • Silicone paper


To slow-cook the pork belly, place the pork belly in the oven at a temperature of 95°C/gas mark ¼. Cook for 9 hours at 95°C or 8 hours at gas mark ¼, once cooked, allow to chill .
Heat the duck fat to 70˚C in a deep pan, then add the foie gras, and cook for 1 hour
Very carefully remove the lobe of foie gras from the fat and allow to drain slightly. Transfer to the fridge and chill until the foie gras has started to firm
Remove the foie gras and press between two sheets of silicone paper to a thickness of 5mm. Chill in the fridge until firm
Caramelise the apples in a large hot pan with a little Demerara sugar until golden brown. Drain in a colander
Line a container approximately 20cm x 14cm x 5cm with 3 layers of cling film, leaving an overhang so you can enclose the terrine later.
Line the base of the container with half of the foie gras followed by alternating layers of thinly sliced pork belly, apple and eel. Season each layer as you build up the pressing
Finish with a final layer of foie gras and then enclose with the excess cling film, press firmly overnight in the fridge
Once pressed, rewrap in 3 layers of cling film before cutting
To serve, remove the cling film and slice the pressing into 1cm thick slices, rub the top with a little olive oil and add a little smoked Maldon salt and black pepper to serve
First published in 2015

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