Ham hock is a popular meat in the French region of Alsace, making it the perfect ingredient for our French-inspired ham hock terrine recipe. The addition of cranberries makes it a perfect party food for the festive season; we recommend making it the centrepiece of the table and letting guests help themselves, along with a few ice cold bottles of Kronenbourg 1664.
Although this ham hock recipe takes a little while to prepare, it can be kept in the fridge for up to a week, making it an ideal make-ahead food. This delicious terrine is a great alternative to the traditional Sunday roast, and it’s a great way to bring the taste of Alsace to your table. Bon appétit!
IngredientsNumber of servings – 10
- • 2kg ham hocks
- • 15 rashers of bacon
- • 60g fresh parsley
- • 2 gelatine leaves
- • 300ml stock (ham is best)
- • 60g dried cranberries
- • 30g shelled pistachio (optional)
- Put the ham hocks in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to the boil then simmer for around three hours. Remove the ham from the water and leave it to cool.
- Line a loaf tin with the bacon rashers. Let the rashers hang over the side of the tin.
- Preheat the oven to 200C/Gas Mark 6.
- Remove the ham from the bone, shredding into chunks as you do so, and place it in a large bowl. Combine with the parsley, pepper, dried cranberries, and the pistachios if you want.
- Press this mixture into the loaf tin.
- Prepare the gelatin as instructed on the packet, then add this to your stock, warming gently until the gelatin has dissolved.
- Pour the stock over the terrine and fold the overhanging bacon rashers over the top.
- Place the loaf tin in a deep cooking tray filled with a couple of inches of water from the kettle. Cook in the oven for an hour and fifteen minutes.
- Remove from the oven and leave to cool a little. To serve, remove from the loaf tin and slice thickly.
Tip: Dress this ham hock recipe up by serving with a selection of pickles (such as gherkins), salad, and stuffing for a brilliant part food that’s great for lunch or dinner.
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