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Terrine de St-Jacques aux Poireaux (Scallop and Leek Terrine)

Curry powder and smoky piment d'Espelette, a mild, complex chile powder made with a pepper grown in the Basque region of France
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Basque, fish recipes


  • Kosher salt to taste
  • 1 medium carrot cut into ½″ pieces
  • 1 medium leek white and light green parts only, halved and sliced ½″ thick crosswise
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tbsp. minced chives
  • 1 tbsp. minced dill
  • 2 tsp. minced parsley
  • 1 tsp. piment d'Espelette
  • 1/2 tsp. curry powder
  • 6 eggs
  • Zest of 1 lemon plus 2 tsp. juice
  • 8 large sea scallops cut into ½″ pieces
  • Unsalted butter for greasing
  • Lettuce leaves and tomato rosettes for garnish (optional)


  • STEP 1
  • Bring a 4-qt. saucepan of salted water to a boil. Cook carrot and leek until soft, 3–5 minutes; transfer to an ice bath until cold, then drain and set aside. Whisk cream, flour, chives, dill, parsley, piment d'Espelette, curry powder, eggs, lemon zest and juice, and salt in a bowl until smooth. Fold in reserved carrot and leek, and the scallops; set aside.
  • STEP 2
  • Heat oven to 375°. Grease a 1 ½-qt. terrine mold or loaf pan with butter and line with parchment paper, leaving 4″ hanging over edges. Spread scallop mixture into prepared mold; place in a roasting pan. Pour boiling water into pan to reach halfway up sides of terrine; bake until top is golden brown and filling is firm, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Let cool in roasting pan; remove and chill, uncovered, until cold, about 30 minutes. Holding edges of parchment paper, lift terrine out of mold and transfer to a serving platter. Cut crosswise into 1″-thick slices; garnish with lettuce leaves and tomato rosettes, if you like.


This recipe is sponsored by Mediterranean Supermarket 
Keyword Basque, Basque cuisene, Basque recipes, fish appertizer, fish dish, fish recipe