Bayonne Ham and Sheep's Milk Cheese Terrine

  • Active Time 25m
  • Total Time 12h 25m

Terrine Serves 10, Salad Serves 4

Basque-native Gerald Hirigoyen is executive chef and owner of the restaurants Fringale and Pastis in San Francisco. This recipe appears in his book, The Basque Kitchen: Tempting Food from the Pyrenees (HarperCollins 1999).


  • For Terrine:
  • 1 1/2 pounds Bayonne ham, sliced 1/8 inch thick
  • 1 1/2 pounds sheep's milk cheese, sliced 1/8 inch thick
  • For Vinaigrette:
  • 1/2 teaspoon sherry vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground white pepper
  • 4 handfuls frisee lettuce or other salad greens

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • All-purpose flour


Cut the ham and the cheese into 20 to 23 very thin slices each, with a minimum measurement of 9 1/2 by 3 1/2 inches. It is better to have slightly larger slices that can be trimmed to fit the terrine exactly than to have pieces that are too small.

Line a 9 1/2 by 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 inch terrine generously with plastic wrap, leaving enough overhang to cover the top of the terrine when it is filled.

Starting with a layer of cheese, alternate layers of ham and cheese until the mold is completely filled, approximately twenty layers of each. Cover the top with the overlapping plastic wrap and press down firmly. Refrigerate overnight.

Unmold by firmly pulling the plastic up and out of the mold. Place on a cutting board, and using a very sharp knife, cut as many ½-inch-thick slices as you will be serving and store the remaining terrine in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

To make the vinaigrette, stir together all of the ingredients in a small bowl.

Arrange the frisée on each of four plates, dress the lettuce with the vinaigrette, and set aside.

Warm the olive oil in a nonstick pan over high heat.

Lightly dust both sides of the terrine slices with flour and add them to the pan. Working very quickly, sauté the slices on both sides just until lightly browned, but not long enough to melt the cheese, approximately 30 to 60 seconds. Lay 1 slice on top of each salad and serve immediately.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Cooks' Catalogue, Inc. All rights reserved.

RecID 5991

nutrition information per serving

360 calories; 25g total fat; 90mg cholesterol; 1170mg sodium; 3g carbohydrates; 0g fiber; 29g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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