Smoked Salmon, Prawn & Crab Terrine - A Perfect Christmas Starter

I decided to have the family over last Sunday for dinner. What I had forgotten about was that I had already comitted to a big night out in town the previous evening. I needed to do as much prep as possible because it was feasible that I might be feeling a bit erm fragile the next day. I have wanted to do a smoked salmon terrine for ages but after an extensive Google search turned up nothing decent apart from a few 'Come Dine with me' recipies. So I came up with the recipie which, if I do say myself is actually pretty fecking good, and extra wonderful because I made it the day before so it was sitting in the fridge wating for me.

 How did the dinner go you ask? actually quite well considering I was hungover to shite and had a slight touch of the fear! Terrine for starters followed by roast leg of venison with all the trimmings and apple crumble. Safe to say I'm in the good books for a few weeks and will be making this terrine again for Christmas day starter.

Smoked Salmon, Prawn & Crab Terrine
800g large packet of smoked salmon
300g crabmeat
400g raw prawns
1 red onion, finely chopped
4 spring onions, finely chopped
1 lemon, juice and zest
6 sheets of leaf gelatine
300g of cream cheese
150g of creme fraiche

  • Butter a bread tin then cover in cling film.
  • Line the whole tin with slices of smoked salmon making sure some overlap
  • Soak 6 sheets of gelatine in some cold water, squeeze out the moisture then add the gelatine to a saucepan with the juice of the lemon.  Heat and allow the gelatine to dissolve then cool slightly.
  • Cook the frozen prawns and season with lemon juice, salt and pepper, allow to cool
  • In a bowl mix the cream cheese and creme fraiche. Add the crabmeat, red onion, lemon zest and spring onions, salt and pepper (you could also add parsley at this stage).
  • Chop the prawns and remainder of the salmon roughly and add to the mixture
  • Add the slightly cooled lemon and gelatine mixture
  • Pour half the mixture into the bread tin then add a layer of smoked salmon
  • Fill the bread tin with the remainder of the mixture then fold in the smoked salmon to cover.
  • Leave in the fridge to chill ideally overnight
  • Serve on a bed of leaves with a wedge of lemon and some fresh brown bread 


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