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: October 3rd 2019

Keywords for this recipe:Potted meatRillettesPorkSlow cookingRed winePicklesToastBread

For 1 kg 800 g, you will need:

Change these quantities to make: 600 g 900 g 1 kg 800 g 3 kg 600 g 5 kg 400 g

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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.
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Cut 500 g ham into pieces.

Stage 3 - 3 min.
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Melt 50 g lard in a large pan over high heat.

Stage 4 - 10 min.
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Add the pieces of pork, and leave to colour a few minutes.

Stage 5 - 1 min.
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Turn the heat down to minimum and add the pieces of ham and 200 g lard.

Stage 6 - 1 min.
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Add 18 g coarse salt and 4 g pepper.

Note that the good ratio is 12 grams of salt + 3 grams of pepper per kilo of meat.

If you use a different weight of meat, you can calculate a new seasoning with this little calculator:
Meats : grams

Stage 7 - 6 hours
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Cover the pan and leave on very low heat for 6 hours.

Stage 8
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After 6 hours, the meat will be reduced to a conserve.

Stage 9 - 3 min.
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With a skimmer or wooden spoon, mix the lot. The meat will fall apart into small shreds and form rillettes.

Stage 10 - 3 min.
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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.
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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...


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.

And to drink?

A good red wine, with plenty of tannins.

Nutritional information

Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
9,335 Kcal or 39,084 Kj193 gr15 gr945 gr
467 %74 %1 %143 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
527 Kcal or 2,206 Kj11 gr1 gr53 gr
26 %4 %<1 %8 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).

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