The October Charcutepalooza challenge was to “stretch.” I decided to make pork rillettes, or pork jam as the French affectionately call it. From a technical aspect, rillettes are about as easy as making pot roast.
Chicken sausage, I hesitate to admit, does not appeal to me. Pork, venison, even duck works, but chicken seems too delicate to be called sausage. I made it and the results were not so bad. Indeed, the herbs conjured up Provence on a summer day....
Itching to try your hand at home-cured meats? This Lonza is for you babe. A quick brine and 6 week air cure, S.D.'s Lonza uses succulent port tenderloins yielding smooth dark slices of intense flavor. Just do it!
Rillettes are a spread made of salted meat slowly cooked in fat, first mentioned in 15th century cookbooks. Although they were originally made from pork, I chose wild pheasant today to satisfy my never-ending wintry game cravings.