Summer Vegetable Terrine

420 mins (prep 120)
21 ingredients
makes 8 first-course servings
This dramatic, gorgeous terrine isn't just visually arresting; it's also absolutely delicious — and such a sophisticated change of pace from a salad to start the meal. We used beets, haricots verts, and wax beans here, but feel free to improvise if other vegetables look tempting at your local farmers market; you'll need a total of 6 cups of cooked vegetables. Since the vegetables are cooked until very tender — a knife should be able to cut through them without resistance — the terrine slices beautifully.

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  • 2 1/2 lb mixed baby (1-inch) or medium (2-inch) chioggia and golden beets with greens (about 16 baby or 6 medium; see cooks' note, below)
  • 2 large leeks, trimmed of any discolored leaves or ends, leaving green parts attached
  • 2 medium carrots, thinly sliced crosswise
  • 2 celery ribs, sliced, reserving leaves
  • 2 shallots, thinly sliced crosswise
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 1/4 cups cold water
  • 1/2 cup chopped mixed tender fresh herbs, stems reserved for stock
  • 1 (1/2-oz) bunch fresh chives, coarser bottom third cut off and reserved and remainder chopped
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons gelatin (from two 1/4-oz envelopes)
  • 1/3 lb haricots verts, trimmed
  • 1/3 lb wax beans, trimmed
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus additional for oiling terrine
  • fleur de sel for sprinkling
  • coarsely ground black pepper for sprinkling
  • special equipment: heavy-duty foil; a nonreactive (6-cup capacity) rectangular terrine or loaf pan (see cooks' note, below)
  • garnish: fresh herb sprigs


Serving Size (104.95 g)
Servings 8
Amount per Serving
Calories 182.04 Calories from Fat 68.13
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7.57g 93.22%
Saturated Fat 1.07g 42.67%
Trans Fat 0.0g %
Cholesterol 0.0mg 0.0%
Sodium 314.79mg 104.93%
Total Carbohydrate 12.93g 34.48%
Dietary Fiber 1.69 g 54.19%
Sugars 3.65 g %
Protein 1.23g 19.76%
Vitamin A 758.58IU% Vitamin C 7.01mg%
Calcium 48.0mg% Iron 1.14mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
large, medium carrots, celery ribs, cold water, wax beans, coarsely ground black pepper, a, special equipment