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Costa Rican Terrine

Cooking Time: 20 min Yield: 8 servings Level: Intermediate



3 large potatoes (about 1-1/2 pounds), peeled and cut into large chunks
2 canned chipotle chiles, seeded
2 cups milk
Salt to taste
White pepper to taste
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin
2 teaspoons cold water
2 tablespoons boiling water
1 can (16 ounces) hearts of palm, drained and patted dry

Coconut-Date Vinaigrette:

1 cup canned coconut milk
1/4 cup Coco Lopez
1 cup dark rum
1 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 cup sherry vinegar
1 small onion, cut into 1/2-inch slices
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
6 dates, pitted and sliced


2 cups shaved coconut
8 ounces fresh goat cheese, crumbled
Herb Toast:
1 loaf French bread
1/2 cup butter
4 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
Salt to taste


  1. To prepare the terrine, combine the potatoes, chipotles, and milk in a large saucepan. Bring the milk to a gentle boil and cook over medium heat until the potatoes are tender, about 10 to 15 minutes.

  2. Strain the milk from the potatoes and set the potatoes and chiles aside. Return the milk to the pan and gently simmer until it has reduced to about 1/3 cup.

  3. Meanwhile, press the potatoes and chiles through a coarse sieve into a large bowl. Stir in the salt, pepper, and olive oil, and set aside.

  4. In a mixing bowl, dissolve the gelatin with the cold water and then stir in the boiling water. Set aside.

  5. Remove the milk from the heat and stir in the dissolved gelatin. Slowly blend this mixture into the potatoes until they are thickly textured.

  6. Line a 9 by 4-inch loaf pan (or other shaped pan, as desired) with plastic wrap; the wrap should extend over the edges of the pan by a couple of inches on all sides. Place one third of the potato mixture in the bottom of the pan and spread out evenly. Add a layer of half of the hearts of palm and then another layer of one third of the potato mixture. Add the remaining hearts of palm and top with the remaining potato mixture. Fold over the plastic wrap to cover the top layer and chill in the refrigerator overnight.

  7. To prepare the vinaigrette, combine the coconut milk, Coco Lopez, rum, vinegars, and onion in a saucepan and reduce over high heat to 1 cup, about 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool.

  8. When cool, whisk in the olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Stir in the dates.

  9. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Melt the butter in a small saute pan; add the garlic and parsley and saute 2 minutes. Cut the bread into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Brush on the garlic mixture and add salt. Place slices on a baking sheet and bake for 5 to 8 minutes, or until browned.

  10. Meanwhile, unfold the top covering of plastic wrap from the terrine, and gently invert the loaf pan on a serving platter, running a knife around the inside edge if necessary. Carefully remove the plastic wrap and cut the terrine into slices. Garnish with the coconut, goat cheese, and greens and serve with the Herb Toast and vinaigrette on the side.

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