boudin blanc terrine with red onion confit

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Servs: 8

This uses the same ingredients found in boudin blanc, the classic French white sausage. Start two days before serving.

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  • add   <B>For the terrine:</B>
  • add   3 whole cloves
  • add   French bread baguette slices
  • add   <B>For the confit:</B>
  • add   1 tablespoon butter
  • add   Minced fresh parsley
  • add   3 eggs
  • add   1 1/2 cups whipping cream
  • add   1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • add   Bay leaves
  • add   3 bay leaves
  • add   1 teaspoon pepper
  • add   8 large shallots, minced
  • add   6 tablespoon all purpose flour
  • add   Lettuce leaves
  • add   3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • add   3 tablespoons dried currants, minced
  • add   1 pound trimmed boneless center pork loin, sinew removed cut into 1-inch chunks, well chilled
  • add   3 tablespoons dried currants
  • add   Pinch of dried thyme, crumbled
  • add   3 tablespoons olive oil
  • add   2 medium onions, chopped
  • add   2 large red onions, halved, sliced
  • add   1 large garlic clove, crushed
  • add   1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • add   2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme or 3/4 teaspoon dried, crumbled
  • add   5 teaspoons salt
  • add   1/4 cup tawny Port
  • add   Cracked peppercorns
  • add   1 tablespoons canned chicken broth

Instructions

  1. To make the terrine:
  2. Combine first 9 ingredients in heavy medium saucepan. Add 3 shallots. Bring to simmer. Remove from heat, cover and let stand 30 minutes. Chill overnight.
  3. Preheat oven to 325°F. Line 7-cup pâté or bread pan with plastic wrap. Melt butter in heavy small skillet over low heat. Add remaining 5 shallots. Cover and cook until very soft, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes. Transfer to processor. Add pork, eggs, flour and Port and puree. Strain cream mixture, pressing on solids to extract as much liquid as possible. With processor running, add cream through feed tube and process just until combined with pork. Transfer to large bowl. Mix in currants.
  4. Spoon mixture into prepared pan. Cover with foil. Place pan in large pan. Add boiling water to larger pan to within 1/2 inch of top of terrine. Bake until terrine begins to shrink from sides of pan and knife inserted into center comes out clean, about 1 1/2 hours. Uncover and cool on rack. Chill until cold. (Can be made 3 days ahead. Cover and chill.)
  5. Line platter with lettuce. Arrange terrine atop. Sprinkle with pepper and parsley. Garnish with bay leaves. Spoon confit around sides. Serve with bread.
  6. To make the confit:
  7. Heat oil in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and sauté until crisp-tender, about 8 minutes. Add all remaining ingredients and stir until reduced to thick glaze, about 4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. (Can be prepared 2 days ahead. Cover and chill.) Serve warm or at room temperature.

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