Chef Matthew Tomkinson turns a humble chicken terrine into something of real magnificence, adding black pudding to the terrine mix and serving with a garden-fresh piccalilli. Taking ingredients from the New Forest as well as the nearby coast and farms, Matthew produces dishes inspired by the location and the local produce.
For the Black Pudding and Chicken Terrine
- 4 Chicken legs
- 1 sprig of fresh Thyme
- 1 Bay Leaf
- 1/2 Garlic, roughly chopped
- 1L of Chicken Stock
- 20 New Potatoes
- 120g of Black Pudding
- Sea Salt
For the Piccalilli
- 200g of Cauliflower, diced
- 200g of Radishes, diced
- 200g of Green Beans, diced
- 200g of Cucumber, diced
- 200g of Red Pepper, diced
- 50g of Salt
- 30g of Cornflour
- 10g of ground Turmeric
- 10g of English Mustard powder
- 1/2 tbsp of Mustard seeds
- 1/2 tsp Cumin seeds, crushed
- 1 tsp Coriander seeds, crushed
- 500ml of White Wine Vinegar
- 150g of granulated Sugar
- 50g of Hazelnuts, toasted
- Fresh good quality Bread, to toast
- Season the chicken legs heavily with the salt and place in a tight fitting bowl with the herbs and garlic. Cover loosely with cling film and place a heavy weight on top. Leave for 24 hours.
- Remove and wash the legs well in running water. In a pan, bring the chicken stock up to 80°C and add the legs, so they are covered. Cook gently, maintaining the temperature, for 2-3 hours until tender and the meat is coming off the bone. Remove from the pan and allow to rest in the liquid for 1 hour.
- Remove the chicken from the liquid, strain into a clean pot and reduce to intensify the flavour - make sure it's not too salty. Pick all of the meat from the bones and set aside.
- Place the new potatoes into pan, cover with cold water and bring to a gently simmer. Cook until tender, drain off the water and allow to cool slightly. Peel with a paring knife while still warm dice into 1cm cubes.
- Medium dice the black pudding and sauté in a hot pan until crispy all over. Mix with the chicken leg meat and the new potatoes. Season well and add a few spoons of the chicken stock to glaze and coat the ingredients.
- Line a terrine mould (or any similar sized mould) with a double layer of cling film. Fill the mould with the mixture, cover the surface with cling film and place some weights on top to press the mixture down. Leave in the fridge to set (preferably overnight).
- Place the diced vegetables in a large colander over a bowl and sprinkle with the salt. Mix well, then cover with a tea towel and leave in a cool place for 24 hours. Then, rinse the vegetables in water and drain thoroughly. Set aside.
- Blend the cornflour, turmeric, mustard powder, mustard seeds, cumin and coriander into a smooth paste with a little of the vinegar.
- Pour the remaining vinegar into a saucepan with the sugar and bring to the boil. Pour a little of the hot vinegar over the blended spice paste, stir well and return to the pan. Bring gently to the boil and boil for 3-4 minutes so that the spices release their flavours into the sauce.
- Remove the pan from the heat and carefully fold the well-drained vegetables into the hot, spicy sauce. Spoon the piccalilli into warm, sterilised jars and seal immediately. Keep for as long as possible before using.*1
- Once ready to serve, reserve a few cauliflower florets and then blend the rest of the piccalilli into a thick sauce.
Cut the terrine into generous slices and place onto plates. Season the slices with a little freshly ground pepper and some coarse sea salt. Arrange the piccalilli sauce to one side of the terrine and garnish with the reserved cauliflower florets and some toasted hazelnuts. Serve with toasted bread.
Allow the jars to cool then store the piccalilli in a cool, dry, dark place to mellow for 4-6 weeks (3 months even better) before eating. The end result is well worth waiting for. Hopefully, when you decide to make the terrine, a batch will already be in the store cupboard.
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