Ham and Parsley Terrine
This dish, a specialty from the Burgundy region of France, makes for an elegant holiday appetizer or lunch.
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2 small onions, peeled and studded
with 3 cloves each
3⁄4 cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley leaves,
10 black peppercorns
4 unsmoked ham hocks (about 4 lbs.)
3 carrots, halved crosswise
2 ribs celery, halved crosswise
2 bay leaves
2 fresh thyme sprigs
1 750-ml bottle dry white wine
1 oz. gelatin
Kosher salt, to taste
1 3⁄4 lb. unsmoked cooked ham,
cut into 3⁄4" cubes
2 shallots, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1. Put onions, parsley stems, peppercorns, hocks, carrots, celery, bay leaves, thyme, wine, and 9 cups water into an 8-qt. pot; boil. Lower heat to medium-low; simmer for 2 1⁄2 hours. Strain broth through a coffee filter–lined sieve into a 2-qt. pan; boil until reduced to 4 cups. Chill 1 1⁄2 cups broth and sprinkle in gelatin; let rest 10 minutes without stirring. Whisk gelatin mixture into remaining broth and season with salt; chill until aspic just begins to set, 8–12 minutes.
2. Combine chopped parsley leaves, ham, shallots, and garlic in a bowl. Line a 1 1⁄2-qt. terrine mold with plastic wrap; add ham mixture. Pour in reserved aspic. Cover with plastic wrap; place a rectangular piece of cardboard, cut to fit inside rim, on top of terrine. Place 3 unopened soup cans on top; chill terrine until set, 1–2 days. To serve, uncover terrine and lift out of mold. Invert onto a cutting board; slice and serve with Dijon mustard, bread, and cornichons, if you like.
SERVES 6 – 8