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Potted meat (rillettes)

Potted meat (rillettes)

Potted meat (rillettes) is cooked long and slow in fat. Rillettes can be of pork or duck. Here is the pork version.

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Last modified on: December 11th 2016

For 1 kg 800 g, you will need:

How long does it take?

PreparationCookingStart to finish
33 min.6 hours 13 min.6 hours 46 min.
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Step by step recipe

Stage 1
10 min.
Potted meat (rillettes) : Photo of step #1 Remove the rind and any hard parts of 1 kg belly (streaky) bacon (unsalted), cut into pieces.
Stage 2
5 min.
Potted meat (rillettes) : Photo of step #2 Cut 500 g ham into pieces.
Stage 3
3 min.
Potted meat (rillettes) : Photo of step #3 Melt 50 g lard in a large pan over high heat.
Stage 4
10 min.
Potted meat (rillettes) : Photo of step #4 Add the pieces of pork, and leave to colour a few minutes.
Stage 5
1 min.
Potted meat (rillettes) : Photo of step #5 Turn the heat down to minimum and add the pieces of ham and 200 g lard.
Stage 6
1 min.
Potted meat (rillettes) : Photo of step #6 Add 18 g coarse salt and 4 g pepper.
Stage 7
6 hours
Potted meat (rillettes) : Photo of step #7 Cover the pan and leave on very low heat for 6 hours.
Stage 8
Potted meat (rillettes) : Photo of step #8 After 6 hours, the meat will be reduced to a conserve.
Stage 9
3 min.
Potted meat (rillettes) : Photo of step #9 With a skimmer or wooden spoon, mix the lot. The meat will fall apart into small shreds and form rillettes.
Stage 10
3 min.
Potted meat (rillettes) : Photo of step #10 Mix until reaching desired consistency: not too much if (like me) you prefer to have bigger pieces in your rillettes, more if you prefer the rillettes smoother.
Stage 11
10 min.
Potted meat (rillettes) : Photo of step #11 Put rillettes into jars, removing meat with a skimmer, and cover the top with a little lard.

Leave to cool, then cover, then refrigerate overnight or longer.

Share with friends with a good bread, and pickles or mushrooms in vinegar.

The acid taste of pickles goes well the mildness of the rillettes, and if you also have a good red wine, then you will be kings of all the world...

Remarks

If you like to vary proportions, please try to respect: Half as much ham as fat pork (belly), 12 g salt + 3 g pepper per kilogram meat.

For the duck version, replace lard with duck fat, and ham with duck breasts. It's a very very good idea to use the fat from cooking a foie gras for this.

Nutritional information

Whole recipe
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
9335193 gr15 gr945 gr
467 %74 %1 %143 %
Per 100 g
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
52711 gr1 gr53 gr
26 %4 %<1 %8 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories by day for a woman (change to a man).

How much will it cost?

For 1 kg 800 g : 11.71 €

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And to drink?: A good red wine, with plenty of tannins.
Source: Home made
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