It got cosy up here, real fast. Do we have Indian Summers in Door County?
I’ve yet to figure that out.

This last week we’ve had muggy days and some serious cool days spliced in too and it’s made me want to dive into some old recipes and spend more time in my second favourite place on earth. (Next to my garden, that place would be my kitchen.) 

I busted out my old easy fish terrine recipe. It gives me another chance to investigate the world of local food up here. We live in the land of white fish… so…. when in Rome go fishing. I love it because it’s easy, it makes me feel fancy and my children devour it. That’s no surprise though.

They would commit crimes to eat smoked salmon so when they saw Momma was making a Fish Terrine I had to keep swooshing them out of the kitchen and away from the fridge until it was ready and even then the two-year-old pitched such a fit while I was photographing. Laying on the FLOOR thrashing about over FISH TERRINE! It was an embarrassment to my boss momma skills.   Bad enough having to photograph after sunset.

What is Fish Terrine?

I thought you’d never ask. Well, it’s almost like a pâté but not quite. And they’re often made with veggies (Oh, I swoon over a good beet, carrot and turnip terrine) and they’re equally as often made with fish.   AND they’re a great way to use leftovers. Leftover fish scraps. Leftover egg whites. That last little bit of fresh spinach that you don’t want to go to waste. They get their name from the dish in which they are prepared, naturally called “a terrine” and you can grab one in my store here. If you’re dying to make this right now and don’t want to wait for your new terrine to arrive… don’t panic. Simply use a loaf pan. I won’t tell the French.

Fish Terrine Recipe

What is the texture of a Fish Terrine?

Oh you’re indulging me now, aren’t you? I suppose I just can’t say “fabulous” now can I? They are light and airy. Almost mousse-like. aérien the French might say. If you’re looking for a lighter supper or luncheon they are perfect. I served a big crusty loaf and I cold Sav Blanc because kids need carbs and mom needs wine. Life is so simple when you break it down like that, you know?

OK… let’s get down to brass tacks. Our should I say chopped white fish.

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Easy Fish Terrine
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Light, airy, smokey, moussy... everything you want it to be.
by Parisienne Farmgirl:
Recipe type: Terrine loaf
Cuisine: French
Serves: 10 slices
  • 1½ pounds of skinned, de-boned white fish
  • 1½ pounds of skinned, de-boned white fish
  • 15 ounces smoked salmon
  • 15 ounces smoked salmon
  • 2 egg whites, chilled
  • 2 egg whites, chilled
  • ½ teaspoon salt (less if desired)
  • ½ teaspoon salt (less if desired)
  • ¼ teaspoon white pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon white pepper
  • Freshly grated nutmeg
  • Freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1¼ cup heavy cream
  • 1¼ cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups fresh spinach, packed
  1. Cut white fish into one inch cubes
  2. Put on a plate, cover with plastic wrap and place in freezer
  3. Lightly grease terrine or loaf pan (5-6 cup size)
  4. Line pan with smoked salmon
  5. Drape over edges, you will fold it over later
  6. Preheat oven to 350 F/177 C
  7. Remove fish from freezer and whiz in food processor until smooth, make take a couple minutes
  8. Add egg whites one at a time
  9. Add spices
  10. Add cream with machine running, scraping down sides if needed
  11. Don't over mix
  12. Remove fish mixture from food processor to a large bowl
  13. Take ⅓ of the mixture back to the food processor and add spinach
  14. Whiz until blended
  15. Take ½ of remaining white fish mixture and spread it over the bottom of the pan over the smoked salmon
  16. Spread all of the spinach mixture on top
  17. Spread remaining white fish mixture over that
  18. Fold edges of smoked salmon over, edges probably won't meet, no worries
  19. Bake for one hour, checking at 50 minutes
  20. Skewer in center should come out clean
  21. Don't over back, salmon will become tough
  22. Serve with freshly squeezed lemon or lemon mayo

Wondering how I got my kids to love foods like Fish Terrine? Check out this old series here.

I hope you enjoy. Now, I’m going to go put the finishing touches on the schoolroom cause Indian Summer or not, real life begins around here in just a couple of days.

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