I made my first terrine a few months ago. I was SO impressed with how it turned out that I have been craving one ever since. But for some reason I kept telling myself it would be SO difficult and I just didn’t have time to make one. Do you ever do that; talk yourself out of something, even though you make time for a million other things that are a ton more complicated? Why do I do this? I don’t know. If any shrinks want to start reading my blog and feel inclined to leave comments ‘coaching’ me through these things, I would not object.

Lately I have been really interested in learning more about other cultures eating habits. Low and behold, America, your eating habits suck! Our national dish: hot dogs. SICK! I won’t even tell you what I think are IN hot dogs…You can go on assuming it is just the leftover scrap meat, but me, I think it is much more disgusting then that. Oh and America also loves their fried food. Good grief, no wonder our country has issues. We love chemically processed meats and we turn vegetables into artery cloggers, like fried zucchini. Don’t get me wrong, if you put some fried zucchini with ranch in front of me, it will probably be gone within minutes. But with each bite I know how bad it is. Moderation, right?

Therapist, are you there yet…Is this moderation thing legit or is this something crazy people, ah hem, like myself, tell themselves?

I just learned that the origination of the terrine is from France, and it is meant to be use for pate and things like meatloaf. They have special pans for it, that are called terrines. But as time has gone on it has become used for many things, including vegetables and side dishes. Just a quick history lesson for you as I have been educating myself on others countries eating habits.

serves 3-6 (side dish or main dish)

3-4 zucchinis, cut thinly lengthwise (about 1/4 inch thick) You need 6 slices per mini pan
1 cup mushrooms, sliced
1 cup green beans, trimmed (I used frozen and thaw them completely)
2 roasted red peppers (1 jar store-bought), cut into thick strips
olive oil
8 ounces cream cheese, low fat (room temperature)
1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated
1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 lemon, zested
*Make sure all the veggies are dabbed dry. The excess moisture will make the terrine a little soggy if you don’t dab.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Spray a baking sheet with non stick spray or spread with olive oil. Lay the sliced zucchini, and mushrooms in a single layer on a the greased baking sheet (may take 2 baking sheets) Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with a little salt and pepper.

Roast for about 15 minutes, just until the veggies are tender. You don’t want them to be mushy, just tender. Remove from the oven and allow to cool to room temperature.

While the veggie are cooling, mix the cream cheese, parmesan, basil, parsley, lemon zest, salt, pepper and minced garlic in a small bowl with an electric mixer.

You can use 4 mini loaf pans or 1 regular loaf pan for the assembly. Either way the assembly order will be the same.

Line the loaf pans(s) with plastic wrap. Layer the terrine in the following order:

zucchini
mushrooms
cream cheese mix
green beans
zucchini
cream cheese
roasted bell pepper

Fold the edges of the plastic wrap over the terrine and place canned goods on top. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before servings, or up to a day ahead of time.
*This is a great dish to make the night before for brunch or even the night before dinner the next day.

Placing the cans as weights on top helps the terrine become dense for easier slicing. And it also allows the flavors to really combine.