Wild boar terrine

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This delightfully heady wild boar terrine recipe is just the thing to rustle up for Christmas, either to be given as an edible gift to a lucky terrine-lover or serve as a punchy Christmas starter. Serve with a tasty chutney on some toasted sourdough toast.

First published in 2016
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When it comes to Christmas feasting, many hands make light work and if you can get yourself organised, it is always a sensible idea to send people on assignment, prior to the big day.

‘Barry, you organise the roast spuds and figgy pudding. Lorraine, you buy the cheeses and the port. Pascal, can you make those lovely canapés, that you do so well? You know, with the smoked salmon, caviar and dill? On those Ritz cheese crackers?’

I am making up these people by the way. I am just trying to highlight that the division of labour can go a long way to make things stress-free; no matter how big or small your group may be.

And another way of looking it, is that this distribution of food provides the perfect opportunity to use your imagination to gift friends and family as a whole. Sharing is caring and all that.

Something unusual is good too, an introduction of an ingredient that people might not be familiar with, such as wild boar. Like a lot of game, wild boar has quite a strong flavour and is very different in texture to its cousin, the pig. For a start, boar meat doesn’t contain half as much fat and is a lot denser as a result. But after slow cooking, it still does break down quite nicely and lends well to spice and citrus flavours.

If turkey is going to be the main star, then a slice of this easy to make terrine would go down a treat as a starter, to kick off the tastebuds. Otherwise, you might want to save for a little bit later, for when the cheese board comes out. And I reckon after spreading a sizeable lump on some toasted sourdough, it would go really well with a glass of Tawny Port.

Provided Lorraine remembered to bring a bottle that is.




Wild boar terrine


First, mix together the cubed wild boar, sausage meat, shallots, garlic, orange zest, bay leaf and rosemary in a bowl, so that everything is fully incorporated. Pour over the red wine and mix gently
Leave to marinade overnight or for at least 12 hours
Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4
When ready to cook, add the cranberries to the meat and mix through using your hands. Season well with salt and pepper, again mixing through
At this stage, it is a good idea to fry off a teaspoon of meat in a little oil in a pan, to make sure you’ve got the seasoning right
Spoon the wild boar into a terrine or loaf tin, cover with a lid or foil and place in a roasting tin. Pour in boiling water so that it reaches about halfway up the side of the terrine and cook for 2 hours
Leave to cool completely before serving in slices, with toasted bread and a side salad. Good accompaniments are sloe berry jams or onion marmalade
First published in 2016

Danny is a food adventurer, home grower, supper club host and writer of the entertaining and quirky epicurean blog, Food Urchin.

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