Rillettes are generally made of meat that has been cooked slowly in well-seasoned fat, and then ground and stored in a small pot or ramekin with a layer of fat on top. This recipe from Chef John Currence of City Grocery Restaurant Group uses a bone-in pork shoulder and is best served cold on toast, bread or biscuits — a perfect appetizer.
Rillettes is a rustic pâté made from meat that's been poached in its own fat, then shredded and stored in some of that fat. Inspired by a dish at Fort Defiance, a bar in Brooklyn, New York, writer Oliver Strand makes pork rillettes in a slow cooker; the recipe works equally well prepared on the stovetop over low heat. The quick pickle of dried apricots is an ingenious sweet-tart accompaniment to the rich meat.
A rillette is like a coarse pate, really it's a terrine of shredded meat . This is a Gordon Ramsay recipe for the Sunday Times. Delicious spread thickly on bread. A gorgeous start to any meal. You can substitute goose fat for the duck fat if needs be. The reason the original fat is discarded and fresh fat used to seal is because the original fat becomes very salty. Takes some time to make, but it's well worth it! Please note that the prep time does not include the time resting the duck in the fridge.