Langar Hall game terrine
This scrumptious terrine is a versatile way of utilising almost any game you have in the larder and will make a wonderful starter or perfect picnic lunch. By Jane Pruden.
Serves 8 - 10
100g pork belly
100g pork shoulder
4 pigeon breasts
100g venison haunch
100g foie gras
100g duck confit in duck fat
6 slices of prosciutto ham or other air-dried ham
Salt and pepper
Start by dicing the pork meat and confit into cubes and cook slowly for 11/2-2 hours until tender. When cooked, remove from fat and cool. Keep the different meats separate.
Pan fry pigeon breasts with oil and butter for 3-4 minutes on each side and leave pink on the inside. Skin and slice in half.
Roast the venison steak for a few minutes, depending on the thickness, and keep it pink on the inside. Slice 1cm thick.
Using a non-stick pan, sear slices of foie gras for a few seconds on each side until slightly coloured.
Lightly oil the terrine mould and line with a damp tea-towel and a double layer of cling film. Next, line with slices of ham making sure not to leave any gaps.
Season all meats with salt and pepper before you start layering. Add pork with tarragon leaves, then layer the rest of the ingredients, pressing firmly Finish with another layer of pork.
Place weights on a plate on top of the terrine and leave to set overnight in the fridge.
Unwrap and slice. Serve with pear or other fruit chutney and toasted brioche slices.
Langar Hall, Nottinghamshire
Langar Hall is a country house hotel that lives up to all expectations. A relaxed atmosphere belies a coveted reputation for exceptional service, a fine restaurant with 2 AA rosettes, an interesting and competitively priced wine list and comfortable, antique-filled bedrooms. The menu is rich in game from the nearby Belvoir Estate, Langar lamb, garden-grown vegetables, fish and shellfish from Brixham.
Situated in the heart of the Midlands it is a perfect retreat for those travelling north or south across the UK, visitors to events at Belvoir Castle, the antiques fairs at Newark Showground or for anyone just wishing to enjoy a uniquely romantic English corner of the countryside.
For further information, log on to: www.langarhall.com or telephone: 01949 860559.