Irresistible Smoked Turkey Terrine in Pastry Recipe

If you’re a fan of indulgent, savory appetizers or if you’re looking to impress your guests with a sophisticated dish, then this smoked turkey terrine in pastry recipe is just for you. This dish combines the best flavors of smoked turkey and rich pastry dough, making it a perfect addition to any holiday menu or dinner party.

The tender and juicy smoked turkey breast mixed with fragrant shallots, flavorful brandy, and a touch of cayenne pepper, makes for an irresistible combination that will leave your taste buds singing. And let’s not forget the buttery flakiness of the pastry that just melts in your mouth, adding the perfect amount of texture to this already amazing dish.

But don’t be intimidated by the intricate look of the terrine pastry- it’s not as hard as it seems! With just a few simple steps and some helpful tips, you’ll find yourself with a beautiful and delicious terrine to savor.

So why settle for bland, uninspiring appetizers when you can wow your guests with this delicious smoked turkey terrine in pastry? Trust me; they’ll be asking for seconds!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Smoked Turkey Terrine in Pastry
Smoked Turkey Terrine in Pastry

Are you looking for a hearty and flavorful dish that will impress your guests? Look no further than this smoked turkey terrine in pastry recipe.

What makes this recipe stand out is the combination of tender and juicy smoked turkey breast, buttery phyllo pastry, and just the right amount of cayenne pepper for a spicy kick. The terrine is infused with brandy and savory shallots for an extra layer of flavor. The result is a mouth-watering masterpiece that will have your guests begging for seconds.

Not only is this recipe delicious, but it’s also versatile. You can easily substitute the smoked turkey with cooked chicken or pork to create your own unique twist on the dish. And with options for using leftover turkey meat, turkey mince, or even duck breast, you’ll never run out of variations to experiment with.

Perfect for any special occasion or gathering, this dish can be served as an impressive appetizer or as a centerpiece for a main course. Plus, with its elegant presentation – baked en croute or as a tricolor terrine – it’s sure to impress any guest lucky enough to taste it.

So why wait? Impress your friends and family with this delicately flavored smoked turkey terrine in pastry recipe. You won’t be disappointed!

Ingredient List

 The perfect centerpiece for your next holiday gathering
The perfect centerpiece for your next holiday gathering

Here is a comprehensive list of all the ingredients you will need to make my delicious Smoked Turkey Terrine in Pastry recipe. Don’t forget to measure each ingredient precisely to ensure perfect results.

Main Ingredients:

  • 1 kg smoked turkey breast
  • 2 lb. puff pastry
  • 4 shallots, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons brandy
  • 2 cups cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Additional Ingredients for Tricolor Turkey Terrine:

  • Cooked turkey chicken (finely diced)
  • Cooked pork chicken (finely diced)
  • Cooked duck breast (finely diced)

Additional Ingredients for Pork Pistachio Terrine:

  • Pork mince
  • Pistachios

Substitutions and Variations:

If you cannot find smoked turkey breast, you can use leftover cooked turkey or chicken. Also, feel free to experiment with different meats such as pork or duck in creating your own terrine recipe.

Pastry Options:

For the pastry, you can use either puff pastry or phyllo pastry. Another option is to try making it en croute by wrapping it in dough before baking.

When selecting your meat, it’s important to choose the best smoked turkey breast, which will give your terrine a delicious smoky flavor. You can also turn any leftovers into turkey appetizers, like turkey meatballs or a turkey pâté.

The Recipe How-To

 Layers of bold flavors that will surprise and delight your taste buds
Layers of bold flavors that will surprise and delight your taste buds

Now that we have covered the ingredients, it is time to dive into the recipe. Smoked Turkey Terrine in Pastry is an impressive dish that is sure to impress your dinner guests. The preparation takes some time and effort, but the result is well worth it. In this section, I will guide you through the process step by step.

Step 1: Prepare the Filling

First, preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). In a large mixing bowl, combine 1 kg smoked turkey breast, 2 lb cooked turkey chicken, and 2 lb pork chicken. Add 4 shallots chopped, 3 tablespoons brandy, and 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper. Mix everything together until well combined.

Step 2: Mix in Cream and Eggs

In a separate bowl, beat 2 cups cream and 2 eggs together until fully combined. Pour the mixture over the meat mixture and stir well.

Step 3: Line the Mold with Pastry

Next, take out a mold that measures about 6 x 8 inches (15 x 20 cm) and line it with pastry. You can use either phyllo or puff pastry for this recipe. Make sure the pastry covers the bottom and sides of the mold.

Step 4: Add Meat Mixture to Mold

Pour your meat mixture into the lined mold. Press down firmly so there are no air pockets.

Step 5: Bake in Oven

Cover the mold with aluminum foil and bake for about an hour or until fully cooked through. Once done, let it rest for about half an hour before slicing.

Step 6: Serve!

You can serve this smoked turkey terrine at room temperature or chilled directly from the refrigerator as a main course or appetizer. It pairs wonderfully with a side of greens or roasted vegetables.

That’s it! With this smoked turkey terrine recipe, you will have a dish that looks as good as it tastes. It’s perfect for special occasions or just a delicious homemade meal any day of the week!

Substitutions and Variations

 This savory masterpiece is sure to be a showstopper on your table
This savory masterpiece is sure to be a showstopper on your table

One of the best things about this smoked turkey terrine in pastry recipe is that there are so many different variations you can make to suit your preferences or what you have on hand. Here are some suggestions for substitutions and variations:

– Instead of using phyllo pastry, try using puff pastry. The texture will be different, but still delicious.

– Don’t have smoked turkey? Use cooked turkey, chicken or any other leftover meat you have in your fridge. You can even mix different types of meat to create a unique flavor.

– For the brandy, you can substitute any other type of liquor that you have on hand, such as whiskey or cognac.

– If shallots aren’t available, you can substitute finely diced onions instead.

– Want to make it pork-based? Substitute pork for the turkey in equal amounts. A classic pork terrine usually includes pistachios, so feel free to add some in as well.

– For something a little more fancy, try making a tricolor turkey terrine by layering the turkey with duck breast and chicken.

– Make it an en croute-style terrine by wrapping the filling in the pastry with the edges folded on top. This will make it easier to transport and serve.

– If you don’t have access to fresh turkey meat, consider using turkey mince which can be easily sourced at most supermarkets.

These variations would make excellent appetizers or entrees for parties or gatherings. With so many options to choose from, this recipe is versatile enough for any occasion and customizable to suit your taste preferences or what ingredients are available in your pantry.

Serving and Pairing

 Elegant, yet approachable and easy to prepare
Elegant, yet approachable and easy to prepare

This smoked turkey terrine in pastry recipe is an elegant and sophisticated dish that is perfect for dinner parties, holiday gatherings, or any other special occasion. When serving this dish, there are several different ways you can approach it.

One option is to slice the terrine into small rounds and serve it with a dollop of cranberry sauce or mustard on top. This will not only add another layer of flavor, but it will also provide a pop of color to the plate. Another option is to serve the terrine alongside some fresh greens and drizzle it with a simple vinaigrette made from olive oil and balsamic vinegar. This will create a light and refreshing entrée that is perfect for summer.

When it comes to pairing this dish with wine, you have countless options. For those who prefer red wine, a light-bodied Pinot Noir would work beautifully. The fruity notes in the wine complement the smokiness of the turkey and balance out the richness of the cream.

If you’re more of a white wine fan, consider serving this dish with an Albariño. This Spanish white wine has bright citrus notes and a crisp acidity that pairs well with the creamy texture of the terrine.

Finally, if you prefer bubbly, a dry sparkling wine like Champagne or Prosecco would make an excellent pairing. The effervescence cuts through the richness of the terrine and refreshes your palate between bites.

No matter which way you choose to serve this smoked turkey terrine in pastry recipe, one thing is certain: your guests will be impressed by its decadent flavors and elegant presentation.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 The smoky aroma will entice your guests, even before they take a bite
The smoky aroma will entice your guests, even before they take a bite

While this smoked turkey terrine in pastry recipe is impressive enough to make for a dinner party, it’s also convenient to make ahead of time. In fact, it’s best made a day ahead and left in the fridge overnight to set.

Once it’s ready, you can store it in the fridge for up to 3 days. To keep it fresh, wrap it tightly with plastic wrap or foil. If you’ve cooked more than you need and want to store some leftovers, portion them out before storing and make sure each serving is wrapped securely.

Reheating the terrine is easy if you want to serve it warm. Simply preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C), place the slices on a sheet pan and bake for about 10 minutes until heated through. Alternatively, if you prefer cold cuts, slice off what you need and return the rest to the fridge.

One thing to be aware of: If you’re using phyllo pastry as your wrapping choice, know that it doesn’t hold up as well after being reheated. It’s best to eat it fresh or at room temperature.

Overall, this terrine can be prepared and stored with ease so that you can spend more time enjoying it with friends and family.

Tips for Perfect Results

 A delicious twist on the traditional turkey dish
A delicious twist on the traditional turkey dish

To ensure the perfect smoked turkey terrine in pastry, here are some essential tips and tricks you can keep in mind.

Firstly, when preparing the filling, always make sure to use the best quality smoked turkey breast. I recommend using British turkey, which is known for its high-quality and lean meat. Additionally, adding some finely diced cooked turkey chicken can enhance the flavor of your terrine.

Secondly, during the preparation stage, it is essential to chill your pastry and terrine mold before use. Not only does it help to make the pastry more pliable, but it also ensures that the meat sets properly.

When handling the phyllo pastry or puff pastry sheet, make sure it is not left out in room temperature for too long as it tends to become sticky and harder to handle. Also, brush butter or margarine liberally between each layer of phyllo pastry while layering them up. Alternatively you can wrap your terrine in puff pastry or paté en croute.

Thirdly, using a meat thermometer can be helpful when checking the internal temperature of your terrine. Ensure that you cook it until the internal temperature reaches 160°F or 70°C for about 60 minutes.

Fourthly, when filling your terrine mold with the prepared filling ingredients, make sure you press down firmly so that there are no air gaps before baking. This will ensure that your slices come out looking consistently beautiful.

Finally, after baking, let your smoked turkey terrine rest for at least thirty minutes before slicing to give time for all of those juicy flavors to settle within each slice. Serve with a delicious side dish such as cranberry sauce or baked potatoes with sour cream for a perfect pairing.

With these tips in mind, you’re ready to create a spectacular smoked turkey terrine in pastry that will leave every one of your guests asking for seconds!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, a smoked turkey terrine in pastry is the perfect addition to any BBQ or gathering. With its flavorful combination of smoked turkey, brandy, and shallots wrapped in a delicate puff pastry, this dish is sure to impress your guests. It’s also incredibly versatile, allowing for different variations and substitutions to make it your own.

So why not give this recipe a try? Not only will you be able to impress your friends and family with a delicious and elegant dish, but you’ll also become a master of the garde manger. And who knows? This might just be the start of your very own collection of terrine recipes!

With these tips, substitutes and variations, make-ahead instructions and FAQ you will have all the tools you need for perfect results every time. So go ahead, get creative and have fun with this Smoked Turkey Terrine in Pastry Recipe. Your taste buds will thank you!

Smoked Turkey Terrine in Pastry

Smoked Turkey Terrine in Pastry Recipe

A rather attractive way of using filo pastry with the combination of smoked turkey. Submitted for ZWT8.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine French
Calories 573.9 kcal


  • 1 kg smoked turkey breast (2 lb.)
  • 4 shallots, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons brandy
  • 2 cups cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 6 sheets phyllo pastry
  • 60 g butter (2 oz.) or 60 g margarine, melted (2 oz.)


  • Combine the turkey, shallots, brandy, cream, eggs, and seasoning in a food processor.
  • Brush each sheet of pastry with melted butter and use to line terrine pan.
  • Spoon the turkey mixture into the terrine and cover with the overlapping pastry.
  • Cut slits in the top to allow the steam to escape.
  • Brush with a little beaten egg.
  • Bake at 370 degrees for 40 minutes or until cooked.
  • When cool, cut into slices and serve.



Serving: 234gCalories: 573.9kcalCarbohydrates: 17.1gProtein: 40.5gFat: 36.6gSaturated Fat: 21.7gCholesterol: 251.8mgSodium: 2148.6mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 0.2g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Australian
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