How to Make Spiced Pork Rillettes
Recipe Type: Appetizer
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Serves: 16
While time consuming, this appetizer can be made ahead and served with crostini and seasonal spirits upon your guests' arrival.
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1½ teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon ground coriander
  • pinch of ground allspice
  • ½ pinch ground cloves
  • 2 lbs fatty boneless country style pork ribs, cut into 1" pieces
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ⅓ cup peeled, diced carrots (about 1 medium carrot)
  • ⅓ cup diced leek (pale green and white parts only)
  • ⅓ cup diced celery (about 1 medium celery stalk)
  • ⅓ cup diced onion (about ¼ of a medium onion)
  • 1 cup chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1½ teaspoons whole grain dijon mustard
  • ⅛ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon cognac
  • ½ stick butter, melted
For bouquet garni
  • 4-5 stems fresh thyme
  • 4-5 stems fresh parsley
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ½ teaspoon whole peppercorns
  • ½ teaspoon whole coriander
  • 2 whole cloves
Serving suggestions
  • crackers
  • grilled sourdough rounds
  • crostini
  • french bread rounds
  • cornichons
  • olives
  • radishes
  • cocktail onions
  • grapes
  • apples
  • additional whole grain mustard
Special equipment
  • 1 - 8" square of cheesecloth
  • kitchen string
  1. In a small bowl combine the salt, pepper, ground coriander, ground allspice, ground cloves. Stir to combine. Place chunks of pork in a medium bowl and sprinkle with spice blend. With your hands mix the spices into the pork until they are evenly distributed in the meat. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 12-24 hours.
  2. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  3. Heat a dutch oven over medium high heat. Add pork and cook, turning occasionally until meat is browned and some fat has rendered, about 5-8 minutes.
  4. Transfer pork to a bowl. Scoop 2 tablespoons of rendered fat from the pot into a small bowl and reserve for later.
  5. Add carrots, leeks, celery and onion to the dutch oven. Cook over medium heat until vegetables are slightly softened 3-5 minutes. Add broth and use a wooden spoon to scrape up the browned bits from the bottom of the pot. Add the pork and any collected juices back to the pot. Remove the pot from the heat.
  6. Assemble the bouquet garni by placing the thyme, parsley, bay leaves, peppercorns, coriander and cloves in the center of the cheese cloth. Draw the ends of the cheesecloth together and tie with kitchen string so that the contents can't escape the pouch. Add the bouquet garni to the pork, pressing it into the broth. Cover the dutch oven and place in the oven. Cook for 2½-3 hours, until pork is fork tender. Remove pot from the oven. Discard the bouquet garni. Transfer the pork mixture to the bowl of a stand mixer. Use the paddle attachment on low to medium to shred the pork and vegetables. Add dijon mustard, reserved fat, nutmeg and cognac. Blend to combine.
  7. Using ½ cup ramekins or canning jars, fill with pork mixture, pressing down to remove air pockets. Smooth the tops of the pork to make them as even and flat as possible. Use a damp paper towel to wipe the mouth of the ramekin or canning jar, so that there are no bits of pork or residue on the side.
  8. Spoon butter over each ramekin so that it covers the pork mixture. Cover and refrigerate until set. Serve with crackers, or crostini.
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