Terrines Through the Seasons: Pork, Pistachio & Apricot Terrine

February 9, 2023

By Rick Bogusch

Bridge Gardens

Bridge Gardens Director Rick Bogusch and Community Gardener Justin Ruaysamran team up once again to share a new cooking video with you!

Watch as they demonstrate the steps to creating, cooking and serving a delicious pork terrine. The pork ingredients for this recipe were sourced locally from 8 Hands Farm in Cutchogue where you can find a variety of grass-fed and organically raised meats, eggs, vegetables and prepared foods, along with locally created items including the softest yarn spun from the wool of their Icelandic sheep.



Adapted from a 2013 BBC GoodFood recipe


  • 10.6 ounces pork tenderloin, trimmed and diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed and chopped
  • 1 small bunch thyme sprigs
  • 2 tablespoons brandy
  • 8.8 ounces bacon slices (about 1 package)
  • 36 ounces pork sausage meat
  • 1 small bunch parsley, chopped
  • 1 small bunch chives, chopped (or 2 tablespoons chopped shallot)
  • 4 ounces unsalted pistachios
  • 10-12 dried apricots
  • Cornichons for serving


  1. Put pork tenderloin, garlic, a couple sprigs of thyme and the brandy in a bowl and marinate overnight in the fridge.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place a sprig or 2 of thyme on the bottom of a 9-inch x 5-inch loaf pan and then line the bottom and four sides with strips of bacon. Leave any extra bacon hanging over the edges. Set aside.
  3. Place sausage meat in a large bowl and loosen with a fork. After discarding thyme sprigs, add the marinated tenderloin and chopped garlic to the sausage and stir in the parsley, chives and pistachios.
  4. Take a tablespoon of the mixture and cook in a small frying pan until done. Taste for seasoning and adjust mixture accordingly. Chances are the sausage meat will be seasoned enough.
  5. Pack the bacon-lined loaf pan with half the sausage mixture, pressing down hard with fingers and knuckles. Place the apricots in a row down the center and pack the remaining sausage mixture on top. Press, flatten and fold over the bacon.
  6. Cover the top with a layer of parchment paper and cover again with a layer of aluminum foil. Place loaf pan in a roasting pan and put in the preheated oven. Fill roasting pan halfway with boiling water and bake for 1 hour or more, until internal temperature reaches 160 degrees F.
  7. Cool terrine, place a heavy weight (a brick wrapped in foil or a large juice can) and chill overnight. This will give it a firm texture and make slicing easy.
  8. Unmold the terrine by letting it sit out for a bit or by dipping the loaf pan in hot water. Unmold on a plate or cutting board, remove any jelly, juices and fat from the edges and dry terrine with some paper towels. Transfer to a serving platter and surround with cornichons. Serve thick slices as a first course.

You may also slice off the bacon from bottom, sides and top and cut terrine into thinner pieces, halved and served with crackers or bread as an appetizer.

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