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This recipe for Ham Hock Terrine has been reproduced courtesy of Walnut Grove Cooking Vacations run by chefs Maynard Harvey and Benedict Haines . . . two modern chefs who use the freshest ingredients with an emphasis on distinct flavours and clean, meticulous presentation.

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Ham Hock TerrineIngredients

1 ham hock
2 tbsp gherkins
2 tbsp chopped parsley
2 tbsp chopped capers
reduced ham stock
1/2 lemon


  • Gently poach ham hock for 3 hours or until the meat is falling off the bone (make sure it is always submerged - you may need to top up the water.)
  • Remove ham hock and reduce liquid down to a fifth of the original amount - this is used as a setting agent, so pour a tiny bit onto a plate, place in the fridge and see if it has set after about 20 minutes. If it has not set either reduce it further or add a gelatine leaf.
  • Take the ham off the bone and shred the meat, leaving it in reasonably large pieces.
  • Add the lemon juice, chopped gherkins, parsley and capers and pour in the ham stock until it is moist with a slight residue of stock at the bottom of the bowl.
  • Season to taste.
  • Line your terrine mould with cling film, if you are making only half a terrine fill the empty half with tin foil before lining.
  • Place the mixture in the terrine mould, press it reasonably firmly until the liquid rests on top of the mix.
  • Fold the excess cling film over the top and leave in the fridge to set for at least 4 to 6 hours.
  • It is now ready to slice and serve.

Serving Suggestions:

This is a very cheap and easy terrine to make, because it has a rustic feel to it, it's a great lunchtime dish served with crusty bread and homemade chutney. Great to take on a picnic. If you like the flavours of whole grain mustard, try adding a heaped teaspoon at the same time as you mix the ingredients.

Advanced preparation:

This can made up to three days before eating, and is better if made at least a day before eating so the flavours can infuse.

Serves 4

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