Rillettes de Tours on this cold, rainy day

September 28, 2013

It’s just gross outside.

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Environment Canada has issued a storm warning with high wind and heavy rainfall. Here is the Environment Canada satellite photo showing the huge storm just off the coast. πŸ™


It’s the perfect time to slow bake something and I’m in the mood for making a lot of something which will last the week.

I’m looking back on my Cordon Bleu training and making one of my favourite slow baked dishes:Β Rillettes

Rillettes is a savoury meat pate. A hearty and robust pate to serve with warm chunks of baguette. Every region in France has its own version, but the one I keep coming back to is the one made in Tours.

It takes about four hours to cook so if you’d like to try this, start early.


3 lbs of pork. Chose a fatty, well marbled pork roast; like a blade roast.

2 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

2 cloves of garlic, crushed

1/2 tsp thyme leaves

1 bay leaf

1 cups of water

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Cube the pork and place it into a roasting dish with the rest of the ingredients and cover tightly.

Bake at 250 degrees for about 4 hours, or until the meat is soft enough to fall apart.

Lift out the meat chunks, discard the bay leaf and pull the pork apart with two forks.

Blend the cooking juices together with the pork meat, taste and add more salt if needed, and pack into a terrine, several small crocks, or any decorative container with a lid.

I can never wait for it to cool completely; it’s just too good, but it is meant to be served cool with warm bread and cornichons.

Perfect to sit in my warm kitchen, do some sketching and snack on this yummy pate.

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It’ll keep in the fridge for up to a week, freezes very well, and it’s delicious as a sandwich filling.



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  • Reply Sonja Ceri September 28, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    Nice one πŸ™‚ Sounds like the perfect dinner on a rainy day! Just make sure you do the shopping before the storm hahaha

    • Reply Veronica September 29, 2013 at 8:17 am

      I did Sonja! West Coast wind storms are not a lot of fun to drive or walk in!

  • Reply francenestanley September 29, 2013 at 12:07 am

    I live in England. This is the first time I’ve heard of Rillettes. Thanks for sharing. Although I don’t eat meat, I appreciate every new idea and recipe. I must admit, the dish sounds delicious.

    • Reply Veronica September 29, 2013 at 8:19 am

      Hi Francene, I live in OXON part of the year, where are you? I also go thru times of not eating meat, or at least not much meat, and usually just fish and chicken. πŸ™‚

  • Reply sophiebowns September 29, 2013 at 1:16 am

    Ah this sounds amazing! I feel really hungry right now!

    • Reply Veronica September 29, 2013 at 8:20 am

      It’s so good and so easy Sophie, and then it last in the fridge all week! πŸ™‚

  • Reply dawnsrays September 29, 2013 at 2:59 am

    I’d say you are making very good use of that terrible weather!! I hope you are do for a long stretch of sunshine, soon!
    Love the bird sketch and the meat looks and reminds me of a savory version of southern bbq, and that is a good thing.

    • Reply Veronica September 29, 2013 at 8:22 am

      Me too Dawn! I’m in for a nice long stretch of sun but I think it’s probably unlikely. However, I’m getting away for a few days to San Francisco so that will be nice. πŸ™‚ I make pulled BBQ pork sometimes; I think that’s southern. Mmmm on soft, freshly baked buns, that’s really good too.

  • Reply Betty Manousos September 29, 2013 at 5:53 am

    oh my, your photos are truly gorgeous! love the reflections in the second one, too. the meat looks so yummy! i will certainly make it!
    thanks for sharing this great recipe and have a great rest of your weekend~

    • Reply Veronica September 29, 2013 at 8:23 am

      Hi Betty, thank you so much. I’m glad you left your addy so now I can come visit you too. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Daryl September 29, 2013 at 10:58 am

    well that answers my question .. it did rain .. i would send you the lovely fall weather we’re having but i am loath to give it up

    • Reply Veronica September 29, 2013 at 4:51 pm

      Don’t you dare. If you did I’m miss all your lovely photos. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Sara v October 2, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    I love your bird paintings, and rain can be such a wonderful motivator for warm yummy things πŸ™‚

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