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Tri-Color Vegetable Terrine

forgive me followers for i have sinned...

it has been 2 weeks since my last post...

i hope the next few goodies will make up for my "writers block".

i've been cooking, shooting and eating loads of good stuff, but i just can't get enough time on the computer to write about it all.  i have about 9 drafts waiting to be know how it is...just to much selfish playin' around with FOOD.  now i have to get down to business and share what i have found delicious fabulous and fun.

this is a fabulous Tri-Colored Terrine i came across while on one of my terrine hunts.  i'm way in to terrines lately.  i'll be posting about a Collard Green Terrine, along with a Trotter Terrine and hopefully a Vanilla Cherry Chai Jello Terrine if i can ever keep one around long enough to get a photo.

this particular terrine looks fairly simple, but it has some interesting flavors that hit your palate with every bite.  the carrot has a hint of nutmeg and ginger...the cauliflower a hint of lemon zest and the broccoli a touch of scallion and coriander.  it all works together beautifully.
serve alongside your cheese platter for an a first course on top of some fresh greens...or as a lovely side to your main course.  it works well at room temp or slightly warmed before serving.

note...if served right out of the oven you will find this to be more of a dense souffle.  although the flavors will be there, i doubt it will slice very well...and i didn't go through all that layering to present a spoonful of delicious vegetables.  let it set in the fridge.  to get it out of the loaf pan i suggest using the parchment sling method if you are going to invert it for presentation.  OR it's much easier if you just slice it straight out of the dish...CAREFULLY.

adapted from recipe at Cookeatshare by Global Cookbook

3 cups broccoli Florettes
2 cups diced carrots
4 cups cauliflower florets
3 large eggs separated
6 Tbsp fat free cream cheese
3 tsp lemon juice
1-2 tsp lemon zest
1 Tbsp minced fresh chives
1 tsp fresh grated nutmeg
dash of ground ginger
dash of coriander.
salt and fresh ground pepper

preheat oven to 375 F degrees.  lightly oil and line the bottom of a medium glass loaf pan with wax paper or parchment.
blanch the vegetables separately in lightly salted water and shock immediately in cold ice water.  dry vegetables on paper towels or use a salad spinner.
puree the broccoli with 1 egg yolk, 2 tbsp cream cheese and 1 tsp lemon juice.  repeat with the carrots and then the cauliflower. keep your processor clean in between vegetables.
stir the chives into the broccoli with a dash of coriander...salt and pepper to taste
stir the grated nutmeg and ginger into the carrots
stir the lemon zest into the cauliflower

whisk the egg whites until stiff, then carefully fold 1/3 into each vegetable mixture until just combined.
check seasoning in each one.
spoon the broccoli mixture into prepared pan, carefully smoothing the surface.
carefully top with the carrot mixture as not to disturb the broccoli and do the same with the cauliflower, smoothing each layer....this can be a little difficult...have patience.
cover with a piece of lightly oiled wax paper.
place loaf pan in a roasting pan and pour almost boiling water to come 2/3 of the way up the sides of the loaf pan.  transfer to the oven and bake for approx. 40 minutes.  remove wax paper and cook for 10 - 15 minutes longer, till the top feels hard to the touch.  remove from oven and let cool in the pan.

NOTES...this came out much more souffle-like than i had anticipated, BUT DELICIOUS.  really great warm as a side dish or served room temperature as an appetizer with some lovely ripe Brie, Camembert or as shown with a little Maytag Blue.

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