Last year, I had 3 vegetarians join our seder and decided it was easier to accommodate them than cook two meals. This was a delightful selection and has become a permanent part of my recipe collection. (Before attempting, see my notes following the recipe.) "Jewish Holiday Kitchen" by Joan Nathan 4 whole leeks 3 carrots, coarsely chopped 2 med. sweet potatoes, cut in large chunks 1/4 lb. rendered chicken fat or pareve margarine 1/4 c. brown sugar 1/4 cup cider Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste Juice of 1/2 lemon 1/2 tsp cinnamon 3 large onions 3 T. veg. oil 1-1/2 cups water 6 large eggs 3 large Maine potatoes 12 oz. pitted prunes 16-20 pencil-thin asparagus spears 1. Up to 2 days before serving, cut the leeks open down the center and clean the grit from them. Blanch and remove to iced water. Dry very well. 2. In a 375F oven, bake the carrots and sweet potatoes with the chicken fat (or margarine), brown sugar, cider, salt and pepper to taste, lemon juice and cinnamon until the vegetables are soft (about 1 hour). Puree the mixture. 3. Dice the onions and sweat them slowly in a covered heavy pan with 3 T. peanut oil*, cooking slowly until the onions are translucent (about 20 minutes), stirring occasionally. Puree and adjust the consistency by adding about a cup of water until the mixture has reached the texture of whipped cream. 4. When the carrot-and-sweet-potato mixture is cool, add 3 eggs and 1 cup of the onion puree. Set aside. 5. Boil the Maine potatoes and mash until smooth, loosening with the remaining onion mixture. Add salt and pepper to taste. When cool, add the remaining 3 eggs and fold in well. 6. Heat the prunes in about 1 inch of water for about 5 minutes, drain and puree. 7. Cook the asparagus in boiling water for about 2 minutes and then plunge into ice water. Dry. 8. For each terrine---this recipe makes two---grease a loaf pan. Lay the dry leeks across the pan to line it, alternating tops and bottoms from one side to the other so that the ends overlap the top by about 2 inches. 9. Put in 1/4 of the sweet potato/carrot mixture. Bury 3 to 5 asparagus spears in the sweet potato-carrot mixture. Atop the layer of sweet potato mixture, spread a thin layer of prunes.** Atop that, put half the white potato mixture. Cover with 1/4 of the sweet potato/carrot mixture, again pushing in 3 to 5 asparagus spears. Repeat for the second terrine. 10. Seal the terrine by folding the leeks over the top. Cover with foil and bake in a bain-marie (hot water bath) 1 hour at 375F. 11. Cool completely in the bain-marie outside the oven. Weight down with heavy cans or a brick and place in refrigerator for 1 day. Slice while chilled with a very sharp slicing knife, making sure to wipe knife after each slice and warm slightly in the oven before serving. *Funny she should specify peanut oil because Ashkenazic Jews don't consider this kosher for Passover. **I laid a single line of prunes here...I missed the part about pureeing them. NOTES: This recipe is wonderful and I'd love to do it again, but next time, I will do it a little differently. To save on dishes, I used foil loaf pans, which are smaller than regular loaf pans (I think). I filled up 3 of these (we only ate one), and had enough left to fill up 3 mini-loaf pans, which I gave to my guests to take home. Also, you should be aware that this takes a long, long time to make. I made it the day before...good thing, too, because I wouldn't have had time to make it the day of the meal along with all the other food.
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