Date and Pistachio Terrine

Date and Pistachio Terrine with Grainy Mustard

I have some across a few posts about terrines since I started food blogging and although they have always looked really good I had yet to try one. A terrine is a dish that is cooked in a terrine dish which is shaped a lot like a loaf pan. The terrines that I have seen so far reminded me of a meatloaf only they were fancier. Not too long ago I came across a recipe for a date and pistachio terrine in the holiday edition of Food & Drink and I knew exactly what I was going to use the last of my fresh medjool dates in. I liked the sound of using the sweet dates and the pistachios in a meat dish like this and the slices promised to be really pretty with all of the colours. Some of the things that I like about this recipe are that the dates are simmered in port first and the whole thing is wrapped up in prosciutto! I also like the Asian spice blend that promised to add a nice hint of the exotic.

The terrine was a little bit more work to make than a meatloaf with the pitting the dates, simmering them and then wrapping everything in the prosciutto but, it was still pretty easy. One interesting thing about the recipe is that you are supposed to refrigerate it overnight after you cook it and I had read in one place that terrine was supposed to be served cold or at least not hot. The date and pistachio terrine turned out really well! The medjool dates and pistachios went surprisingly well surrounded by subtly spiced moist and tender pork. Of course the salty prosciutto wrapping finished the terrine off really well. I enjoyed the terrine both warmed an not. I served some of the terrine cut into thick slices on a bed of salad greens with a dab of grainy mustard. The terrine also worked well when sliced thinly as an appetizer either all by itself or on toasted baguette slices along with some mayo-mustard and even a dab of blackberry preserves on top. With my first terrine being such a success I look forward to trying more!

Date and Pistachio Terrine, Sliced

Date and Pistachio Terrine

Date and Pistachio Terrine

Servings: 8
  • 1 cup medjool dates (pitted and quartered)
  • 1 cup port
  • 5 slices bacon (cut into 1 inch pieces)
  • 3/4 teaspoon five spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1/2 cup pistachios
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground pork
  • 12 slices prosciutto
  1. Simmer the dates in the port until it is all absorbed, about 20-30 minutes and set aside.
  2. Pulse the bacon in a food processor a few times.
  3. Mix the bacon, five spice, cardamom, nutmeg, sugar, salt, white wine and pistachios into the pork.
  4. Drape the prosciutto across a loaf pan in overlapping layers.
  5. Place 1/3 of the mixture into the loaf pan followed by 1/2 of the dates, 1/3 of the pork, the remaining dates and the remaining pork.
  6. Wrap the overhanging prosciutto over to seal it.
  7. Cover in foil and place in a baking dish with water coming up half way.
  8. Bake in a preheated 400F/200C oven until it reaches an internal temperature of 160F.
  9. Let cool, drain the excess juices, wrap in plastic and refrigerate over night.


ksuicide said...

That looks really interesting. I'll look forward to seeing what else you come up with too!


Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A refined terrine! Really gorgeous!



Bridgett said...

This is really elegant, Kevin. Kudos to you for giving the recipe a go.

Homecooked said... looks delicous! I can just imagine the taste by looking at the pics!

Joanne said...

Terrines have begun to intrigue me lately. I blame Top Chef and Mastering the Art of French Cooking. This looks delicious. You picked the perfect flavors for your first one.

Angela said...

Now this is a terrine I would make! Great flavors, here. Thanks, Kevin!

Jeanne said...

I've only ever made two terrines, and both were cold. I've always been intrigued by this tupe of "meatloaf" terrine and yours looks spectacular!! The combination of fruit and salty meat always does it for me :)

Kira said...

the thought of meatloaf grosses me out, and my husband is very 'MidWest' so he laughs at me, but this dish might just be our compromise. Looks beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

Dawn said...

that is very interesting. I assume you liked it? served cold? hmmm, I would want to fry it up with some french toast--is that wrong?

Peter M said...

Kevin, this is gorgeous and I would splurge on a nice, bold Xinomavro Greek red with this terrine and some crusty bread.

Karen said...

Wow! This is gorgeous and I love the combo of the pistachio and dates - two of my favorites. It's very impressive!

Jess Bennett said...

Kevin, this terrine is a true thing of beauty. It looks absolutely spectacular.

pigpigscorner said...

It's beautiful with the nuts all scattered!

Marysol said...

absolutely stunning. I want to invite myself over to eat it and I want to try to make it myself at home. Exactly what a food blog should be, yummy looking and inspiring!

cookeaze said...

Those dish look double-delectably delicious!Thanks for your wonderful treat..

Morta Di Fame said...

super professional

The Cooking Photographer said...

This one is amazing.

Stacey Snacks said...

This looks beautiful!

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