Terrine de Boudin Noir (Black sausage terrine)

This is a wonderful recipe I came across on Gourmantissimes, while trying to find ways to improve on the Blood Terrine recipe.

It is quite different in that it does not use raw blood as a base, but blood sausage stuffing, or blood pudding. (that you purchased or made yourself, we’ll be posting a recipe for blood sausage soon.)

In any case, this was quite a find. This  terrine is wonderfully creamy, while firm, and packed full of flavor. It makes a wonderful breakfast or a lovely appetizer.

Black pudding terrine fried
Pan seared black pudding terrine

Ingredients (for 4)

  • 300g black pudding
  • 150g of cream
  • 150g buckwheat milk (Or dairy)
  • 110g stale rye bread
  • 150g of egg
  • Salt  and pepper
  • Fresh tarragon

You will also need a terrine dish. If you do not have one, you can just go for a ceramic dish covered with aluminum foil.

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180° C
  2. If using fresh bread, toast the slices until they appear golden. The bread should be well toasted but not burnt.
  3. Peel the skin off the blood sausage and put it in a large bowl.
  4. Add the milk, the cream and the eggs. Mash roughly with a fork.
  5. Put this mix into a blender and pulse until you obtain a smooth mixture.
  6. Add the bread and let it soak for a bit.
  7. Blend again to obtain a smooth and silky mix.
  8. Pour the mixture into a terrine dish and bake for 1h at 150 °.
  9. Remove from the oven, let cool and refrigerate for at least 8h.
  10. Slice and serve, either as is, or lightly pan fried with a little butter and fresh tarragon.

Notes and Tips:

The original recipes calls for milk (full fat), however, when doing this particular recipe, I was all out of milk and used some buckwheat milk I had left in the fridge, this was actually a very pleasant surprise. The buckwheat really makes the blood shine and adds a layer of complexity to the dish.

You can enjoy this terrine as is, cold, or fry it lightly with butter in a pan, adding fresh tarragon and parsley. I highly recommend the latter.


Sources :
http://lacuisinededoria.over-blog.com/2018/04/terrine-de-boudin-noir.html
https://gourmantissimes.com/terrine-de-boudin-chutney-de-mangue-et-carottes/
http://www.chef-factory.com/eng/Recipes/Main-courses/Black-pudding-langoustine-and-mango-chutney

Blood As Food

Blood as food? I think it’s safe to assume that most wouldn’t consider such a statement an even remotely pleasant idea. People are, in general, deeply squeamish about the thought of blood itself, never mind actually coming in contact with or consuming the conspicuous liquid. While there are certainly natural motivating factors behind being reluctant about or repelled by blood, the most pervasive culprit for this inclination has a lot to do with shifting cultural biases & trends.

In many parts of the world, blood is still widely consumed on a regular basis & inherently worked into the ritual of slaughter itself. Not only does it provide an important nutritional role within the diet, it also makes up a good portion of the total yield of an animal. There can be forty liters of blood in one cow alone, just to bring things into perspective. Wasting such a large portion of an animal is not only ridiculous, but simply out of the question for a good number of people. Many can’t afford to be so far removed from their food, or to cherry-pick what parts they’d prefer to utilize for their meals. Necessity aside, however, nose to tail eating is actually a more reasonable & sustainable practice to be mindful of.

Beloved in one culture, abhorred in another, blood makes for a fascinating, if polarizing ingredient. Though I find its dubiousness to be questionable if handled with care, it does have a high rate of spoilage, a huge mess factor, & reacts quite finicky when introduced to heat. Still, it can be a beautifully versatile ingredient, as long as it’s basic nature is kept in mind. Blood is traditionally used as a thickener in sauces, a binder in sausages & terrines, a minerally pungent kick to both savory and sweet dishes alike. If the metallic twang sounds off putting, try pairing it with spices, cream, fruits, even chocolate.

For as long as humans and their ancestors have hunted animals & eaten meat, they’ve utilized blood for both comestible means & basic nutritional needs. Although it’s fallen out of fashion in recent times, evidence of blood usage in culinary applications can still be found by those who are willing, curious, & open-minded enough to dig a bit deeper & entertain new possibilities. In this section, we at The Red Cellar will attempt to celebrate this grossly overlooked and underutilized ingredient &, with luck, perhaps ease some of the stigma it seems to carry.

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