I have loved this Vegetable Terrine recipe for a long time now. I have seen Laura Calder make this many times. She used to be on TV in the morning when I was getting ready and I so enjoyed watching her. My girlfriend Karen so graciously met her at a book signing and got a signed copy of her latest cookbook for me for Christmas. I was thrilled. Here is her beautiful and delicious vegetable terrine recipe. I thought this was ideal for Easter. This is a great make ahead recipe that I would substitute for a soup or salad course.
4 large swiss chard leaves or 8 large beet greens
Salt and Pepper
4 oz. cauliflower florets
4 oz. green peas
4 oz. carrots
4 oz. red pepper, seeded
1 1/2 oz. grated parmesan cheese
1 1/4 cups heavy cream
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Blanch the swiss chard for one minute. Remove the leaves and immediately rinse under cold water to set the colour. Lay out on tea towels and pat dry carefully. Butter a terrine or I used my Pampered Chef 10×6″ loaf pan. Neatly lay out the swiss chard into the dish to cover the dish completely and let excess over hang.
Cook the cauliflower, peas and carrots one at a time until well done in salted boiling water. They should be very tender. Drain and run under cold water to set the colour. Roast the pepper under the broiler until the skin is blackened and the pepper is cooked. Remove the skin and seeds and cut into pieces.
Individually blend each vegetable with one egg, 1/4 cup cream and salt and pepper to taste. Pulse to a smooth puree. Pour into a small bowl. Rinse out blender and then do the next vegetable, pouring it in a bowl and continue until all vegetables are done. Lastly blend the cheese with an egg, 1/4 cream and salt and pepper to taste.
Spoon the carrot into the terrine first. and smooth out to the edges. Then spoon in the cauliflower carefully. Don’t pour them in as they will all blend together. Smooth cauliflower out to the edges. Next spoon in the peas, then the parmesan mixture ending with the red pepper. Fold the overhanging leaves over and bake in a water bath at 350F for one hour and fifteen minutes until set.
Remove the terrine from the bath and let cool completely on a wire rack. Chill overnight in the refrigerator so that it sets well. A half an hour before serving take the terrine out of the refrigerator. When ready to serve turn the terrine out onto a cutting board and slice. Serve instead of a soup or salad course.