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Guinea fowl terrine

  • serves 10

This guinea fowl terrine from Verden restaurant in London makes a great starter and tastes even better made a day in advance. You can use pheasant or other game birds for this dish, as well as other fruits such as dried cranberries or dried apricots.

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Ingredients

  • guinea fowl
  • oil
  • madeira 50ml
  • sausagemeat 400g
  • chicken livers 100g, chopped
  • thyme chopped to make 1 tsp 
  • garlic 2 cloves, finely grated
  • fresh breadcrumbs 20g
  • prunes 100g, chopped
  • juniper berries 3, finely chopped
  • egg 1
  • streaky bacon 250g
  • chutney, pickles or toast to serve

Method

  • Step 1

    Step 1 

    Heat the oven to 160C/fan 140/gas 3. Take the breasts off the bird, discard the skin and cut them into 1cm strips. Remove the bones from the legs and do the same (you can ask your butcher to do this for you).

  • Step 2

    Step 2

    Season the meat and brown it all over in a frying pan with a little oil.Add the madeira and bubble it fiercely for a couple of minutes. Put it to one side. 

  • Step 3

    Step 3

    Combine the sausagemeat, livers, thyme, garlic, breadcrumbs, prunes, juniper and egg. Mix well and season. Fry a small amount of this mix in a pan and taste for seasoning. Adjust if necessary.

  • Step 4

    Step 4

    Line a terrine dish with the streaky bacon, leaving no gaps on the base or sides and with plenty of overhang to cover the top. 

  • Step 5

    Step 5

    Cover the base of the terrine with a thin layer of the sausage mix and top with strips of the guinea fowl.Alternate until the dish is full. Fold the bacon over to seal the top. 

  • Step 6

    Step 6

    Cover with a lid or foil. Put in a small roasting tin and pour water in to come at least halfway up the side of the tin. Cook for 1 hour. Push a skewer into the centre – it should feel hot. Cool in the water bath and then chill overnight. 

  • Step 7

    Step 7

    An hour before serving, remove the terrine from the fridge. Turn out onto a chopping board, slice, and serve with chutney, pickles and toast.

Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 304
  • Carbs 9.3g
  • Protein 22.7g
  • Fat 18.7g
  • Salt 1.9g
  • Saturates 6.4g
  • Fibre 1.1g
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