9Ingredients
410Calories
60Minutes

Similar to pâté, rillettes is a meat paste originating in France. Meat, typically pork, is cubed and cooked in a brine mixture until tender enough to be shredded. This recipe for rillettes puts its own twist on the classic preparation. The meat is covered in a garlic paste and then placed in an ovenproof dish alongside an herb mixture of bay leaves, thyme, and pepper to which is added white wine and cognac. Slow-cooked for 3 hours, the meat becomes tender and flavorful. Shredded and blended with stock, the meat mixture is then put into jars and covered with a layer of stock and gelatin that will act as a preservative for the rillettes.

Ingredients

  • 800 grams pork (lean belly, with skin & in one piece)
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 sprig thyme
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 150 milliliters white wine
  • 100 milliliters cognac (or brandy)
  • 1 sheet gelatin

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 150C.
  2. Grind the garlic with a mortar and pestle into a paste. Spread over the meat.
  3. Place the meat in an oven-proof dish with the bay leaves, thyme, and black pepper.
  4. Pour in the wine and cognacup
  5. Cover the dish with a sheet of parchment paper, then wrap the dish completely with a sheet of aluminum foil so as to form an air-tight seal.
  6. Cook for 3 hours without removing the lid.
  7. Remove the herbs, leave the meat to cool, and strain the stock.
  8. Remove the skin from the meat and shred the meat in large chunks.
  9. Add the meat with 2–3 tbsp. of stock to a food mixer and blend until smooth and thick.
  10. Divide into clean jars.
  11. Dissolve the gelatine in cold water, and heat up the stock.
  12. Remove from the heat and add the gelatine. Stir until dissolved.
  13. Cover the rillettes with 1 centimeter of stock and leave to cool until it forms a layer of fat. This will preserve the rillettes and stop the air getting in.
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NutritionView more

410Calories
Sodium29%DV690mg
Fat22%DV14g
Protein86%DV44g
Carbs1%DV2g
Fiber0%DV0g

PER SERVING *

Calories410Calories from Fat130
% DAILY VALUE*
Total Fat14g22%
Saturated Fat4g20%
Trans Fat
Cholesterol135mg45%
Sodium690mg29%
Potassium780mg22%
Protein44g86%
Calories from Fat130
% DAILY VALUE*
Total Carbohydrate2g1%
Dietary Fiber0g0%
Sugars0g0%
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
Calcium
Iron

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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