This is a lovely terrine for spring , made with “cheap of chips” ham hocks.It makes a really nice starter on wholemeal toast , as an addition to a Ploughmans, or even in sandwiches with some spicy mustard. It is a staple on pub menus often served with bread and Picalili ( recipe here)
For me it’s like a pork pie without the pastry hunks of salty ham and jelly and spikes of pickled gerkins.
It takes some preparation time leaving overnight to test the setting of the jelly before the final assembly but its a great sense of satisfaction to present this dish in all its splendour.
Ham Hock Terrine
2 large ham hocks
2 sticks of celery
1 small onion roughly chopped
1 leek roughly chopped
1 handful of chopped gerkins
1 handful of parsley roughly chopped
1 tbsp of wholegrain mustard
- To cook the ham hocks ,place the ham hocks in a large lidded pan add some celery, onion, peppercorns and bay leaves
- Fill with enough water to cover the hocks , cover and simmer on low heat for 2 hours.
- Remove the ham hocks from the stock and seive the stock to remove the vegetables , then set aside the stock to cool
- Prepare the hock by removing the skin , and all excess fat chop the ham hock into small chunks about the size of a penny
- Leave the stock overnight to cool , the fat will have formed a layer on top this can be scraped off.
- Allowing the stock to cool will also give you an idea of how well the stock will set , it should be a firm jelly
- Mix the chopped ham hock with the chopped gerkins , parsley and wholegrain mustard.
- Line a 500g loaf tin with cling film and fill the loaf tin with the ham, gerkin and parsley mix, pushing it firmly down.
- Warm the stock until it is liquid but do not boil ( If the jelly did not set well on the earlier cooling you can add a leaf of gelatine.
- Pour over the stock and refridgerate overnight.
- Turn out the terrine and slice thickly.