This pork and veal terrine Recipe is super easy to make and incredibly tasty. Deliciously studded with pistachios and basil. It's perfect for picnics and entertaining. A winning terrine recipe!
I think we all have go to recipes when we are entertaining, and this terrine is one of mine. It needs to be made a day ahead. I find making it two days before the event is even better, it lets the flavours all meld together.
It is one of my make and forget recipes. Perfect when catering to a crowd. Simply assemble, bake and place in the fridge until your hungry guests arrive.
A shining addition to a buffet. You can serve the pork and veal terrine whole. Or do what I like to, and cut a few slices to show the thin prosciutto casing, basil, and pistachios.
I love bringing this along on a picnic as it travels so well. A solid brick of tasty goodness. Plus pork and veal terrine is a match made in heaven with crusty baguette, cornichons, and salad. All entertaining should be this easy!
Step by Step Recipe Walkthrough
Line a 10cm x 22cm (4" x 9") loaf tin with baking paper. Place pieces of thinly sliced prosciutto overlapping and extended out over the rim of the tin.[/caption]
Place pork and veal terrine mixture in the tin. Press down firmly to remove any air bubbles and ensuring mixture is pressed in to the corners of the tin.
Fold the visible prosciutto slices over the top of the terrine to completely cover the top.
Top of the terrine is completely covered with prosciutto. It's now ready for the oven!
Recipe Hazard Zones
The great thing about this pork and veal terrine recipe is that it is easy peasy. The main hazard is extending your prosciutto when lining the tin to ensure you have enough overlapping to cover the top of the terrine.
Don't bypass the weighting of the terrine in the fridge as it is an important step for the texture of the finished terrine.
Proscuitto isn't a special ingredient, but do be picky when purchasing for this recipe. Go to your delicatessen and request long thin slices. You don't want short slices from the end of a whole prosciutto.
You can also substitute thin slices of bacon if you are having a problem finding prosciutto. But make sure the bacon slices are super thin.
What to do with the leftovers?
Leftover pork and veal terrine keeps well in the fridge for a few days. Make sure it is stored covered well and in an airtight container. Leftover terrine can be used on sandwiches or as part of a cheeseboard.
I have even frozen this terrine in the past. Wrap leftover terrine well in a few layers of plastic wrap and then foil. When ready to use defrost in the fridge.
If you don’t eat pork you could substitute it with chicken and omit using the prosciutto. Maybe instead wrapping it in thinly sliced lengthways zucchini?
As mentioned this is a go to recipe for me when entertaining. Especially if I'm entertaining a large group. It is also great when you need to take a plate to a gathering. Only problem with that is you won't get to enjoy the leftovers!
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Easy Pork and Veal Terrine
- 10cm x 22cm (4" x 9") loaf tin
- Baking Paper
- Aluminium Foil
- heavy tin cans to use as weights
- large mixing bowl
- 500 grams (1.1 pounds) fatty pork mince
- 500 grams (1.1 pounds) veal mince
- 250 grams (0.55 pounds) approximately 20 thin long slices prosciutto
- 1 large garlic clove finely chopped
- 2 teaspoons fresh lemon thyme chopped
- ½ bunch (¼ cup) fresh basil finely chopped
- 85 grams (¾ cup) shelled pistachios coarsely chopped
- Preheat your oven to 180°C (360°F) or 160°C (320°F) fan forced.
- Line a 10cm x 22cm (4" x 9") loaf tin (or close to) loaf tin with baking paper. Make sure the piece of baking paper is large enough that you can fold it back over the terrine to cover the top.
- Layer prosciutto slices overlapping and extending out over the tin rim. The prosciutto extended out over the tin rim will fold back over the terrine mixture to cover. You will use roughly 12 - 14 slices of prosciutto. Once you are happy with the coverage and are sure there will be enough overhanging prosciutto to cover the top of the terrine chop up the leftover prosciutto. This will be added to your terrine mixture.
- In a large bowl place all of your ingredients plus the leftover prosciutto. Mix well with your hands and season with salt and pepper. To taste for seasoning, fry a small patty (size of a 20c piece) of the mixture in a pan and taste. Adjust seasoning if needed.
- Place your mixture in to your lined loaf tin. Press the mixture in firmly to make sure you get an even and flat result., removing air bubbles and getting the mixture into the tin corners.Fold the prosciutto that has been left overhanging over the top of the mixture. Be sure to fold your end pieces inover the top first.
- Fold excess baking paper over the terrine. If you haven’t left a long enough piece, just use a little more. Then cover with a double thickness of foil. Securing it well around the edges.
- Place terrine in a baking dish. Fill the baking dish with hot water, coming halfway up the sides of the loaf tin. Bake for 90 minutes.
- Once finished baking, remove terrine from the oven and baking dish. Leave foil on and then place a heavy weight on top your terrine (eg tomato cans). Once terrine has cooled to room temperature place in the refrigerator over night.
- When ready to serve, remove from tin and plate.
- Serve with crusty bread and cornichons.
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I made this recipe yesterday, and it’s delicious!!! I love my herbs so I added some finely chopped rosemary and fresh thyme. I also put a layer of very thinly sliced apples (sliced with a mandolin) in between a bottom layer of the pork/veal and the top layer. I soaked a couple of organic dried apricots in a little sherry, chopped them up, and added them to the meat. You might think these additions would drown out the flavour of the mild meats, but they enhanced the finished product. I’ll absolutely make it again. By the way, the guest of honour was me. Lol! I’m worth it! I get so tired of the ham and whatnot that’s available at the deli counter.
I love love love your additions to my recipe I can imagine how wonderful the finished terrine was. I particularly like the addition of the super thin apple slices. I must admit I am a big fan of herbs too, it all sounded so good.
Yes, you are worth it!! We have to treat and take care of ourselves at least once in a while.
What would you suggest I use instead of veal? I think it would be heavenly but my husband is opposed to eating veal....
That is an excellent question and I totally respect your hubby's food choices. You could simply substitute the 500g of veal for pork and make it a pork terrine. Or in its place use 500g of chicken or duck.
There is a link above for a pork and duck terrine under "other recipes you will love", this is also a really delicious terrine and may give you a few ideas for tweaking this recipe.
It may sound like a silly question but there is no salt mentioned in the recipe ingredients and I wonder if the salt is purposely omitted or simply not mentioned due to being treated as an obvious ingredient. The recipe sounds amazing though. Cheers. J
Not a silly question at all and good observation. Salt and pepper are not listed as an ingredient, but is in the recipe method, point #4, it talks about seasoning. As prosciutto is used in the terrine mixture as well as surrounding the terrine, the saltiness of the prosciutto will dictate your seasoning. You may not even need to add salt, or at least very little.
I suppose I have treated it as an obvious ingredient, like you do with water, in regard to this recipe.
Hi Sara, just double checking that there are no eggs in this recipe. Thanks, Jo
Hi Jo, there aren't any eggs in this recipe...... Have I mentioned eggs somewhere? Just had a quick look through if I had mentioned eggs in the instructions but couldn't see anything, but definitely not in the ingredient list.
Hi , the recipe looks great ! My question is could I used ground pork and veal instead?
You absolutely can substitute ground pork and veal. In Australia we call it mince, it is exactly the same thing. Why we call it mince I have no idea! Hope you enjoy this recipe.
Hi. I made your terrine for a dinner party entree on Saturday night. I was a bit concerned as although I love terrine, I had never made one. It was the hit of the evening. My friends were amazed when I told them I'd made it myself. I will definitely make again.
I'm so pleased to hear that the terrine was a big hit for your dinner party. This recipe is an old favourite of mine, that I tend to make for gatherings as it is pretty fail safe and tastes fantastic. Plus the leftovers are awesome 😉
Awesome! I added 5 freshly blitzed white bread slices, 2 eggs, and 2 tablespoons green peppercorns. WICKED
Yum! I've never made a terrine before, this will be my first recipe to try.
Haven't had a tasty pate in quite some time - this looks gorgeous!
john | heneedsfood
A good thick slice of this would be great. In fact, it was! Sally sure cracks me up in thinking she's a human, just like us. Awesome picnic.
ooh I love how pretty the cross section looks! I don't think I could ever resist anything wrapped in prosciutto 🙂
Helen (Grab Your Fork)
Yum this looks incredible! I love a terrine with lots of pistachios too. And such a great idea for a picnic.
Food is our religion
mmmm love how it is covered in prosciutto!
Lizzy (Good Things)
Gorgeous terrine! I haven't eaten one in years!
I can definitely attest to the tastiness of this terrine! Yum. Honey is sorry she barked at Sally, sadly, she isn't as content to share humans as Sally is!