Chicken Terrine

This terrine is packed with irresistible flavors.
skinless and boneless chicken thighs, roughly chopped – 8
Bunch of spring onions, finely chopped
Finely grated zest of 1 unwaxed lemon
egg, beaten – 1
garlic clove, crushed – 1
crushed pink peppercorns, plus whole pink peppercorns to garnish – 1 tsp
juniper berries, crushed – 2
cognac or brandy – 1 tbsp
Large handful of finely chopped fresh parsley
Small handful of finely chopped fresh tarragon, plus sprigs to garnish
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
lean ham, cubed – 600g can

Preheat the oven to 150°C/130°C Fan/Gas 2.
Place the chicken in a food processor and blend until fairly smooth.
Transfer to a bowl and add the spring onions, lemon zest, egg, garlic,peppercorns, juniper berries, cognac or brandy, parsley and tarragon.
Season and mix well.
Spoon half the mixture into an ovenproof terrine or loaf tin and scatter over the ham.
Spoon the remaining chicken mixture over the ham and level with the back of a spoon.
Place the terrine or loaf tin in a roasting tin and pour in enough hot water to come halfway up the side of the terrine or loaf tin.
Bake for 2 hours or until the terrine slightly shrinks away from the side of the tin.
Cool, then cover with foil and weigh the top down with weights or cans.
Chill for 24 hours.
When you’re ready to eat, turn out the terrine on to a board.
Scatter over the pink peppercorns and tarragon sprigs and slice thickly.
This is delicious with a crisp salad and redcurrant sauce.

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