Game terrine

A tasty blend of meaty flavours that’s surprisingly simple to put together. Perfect served in slices for a picnic lunch.


For the game terrine
  • 12-16 slices streaky bacon
  • 1kg/2lb 4oz game meat (such as breast of pheasant, pigeon, duck or lean venison), diced
  • 500g/1lb 2oz sausage meat
  • 200g/7oz chicken livers, finely chopped
  • 2 handfuls white breadcrumbs
  • 1 free-range egg, beaten
  • 3 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • few sprigs fresh thyme, leaves picked
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • splash brandy
  • splash red wine
For the salad
  • 2 head baby gem lettuce, leaves separated
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • few slices of toasted bead of your choice

Preparation method

  1. For the game terrine, preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.

  2. Line a terrine mould with cling film or aluminium foil and then lay the slices of bacon in the mould with the bacon overlapping. Keep some bacon aside for covering the top of the terrine.

  3. Put all the other terrine ingredients in a bowl and mix to combine.

  4. Fill the terrine mould with the game filling and place the remaining bacon over the top.

  5. Place the terrine in a deep baking tray and pour in boiling water until it reaches two-thirds of the way up the sides of the mould. This bain marie method of cooking allows the heat of the oven to cook the terrine very gently. Bake for 1-1¼ hours.

  6. For the salad put the lettuce in a bowl. Mix the oil, vinegar and mustard in a small bowl to make a dressing.

  7. To serve, turn the terrine out and cut some slices. Just before serving pour the dressing over the salad and mix. Serve a slice of terrine on a plate with the salad and toast.

Top recipe tip

If you are making this as a dairy-free recipe, taken care when choosing the bread. Many brands are dairy free but some aren’t, so check the label.

James Martin recipes from Saturday Kitchen

Less than 30 mins preparation time

1 to 2 hours cooking time

Serves 8

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