Head Cheese Terrine at Chef Shack

Maja Ingeman / Heavy Table

Meat is in. The farm-to-table movement took care of that, and between Craftsman, HauteDish, and Travail, cured meats — charcuterie — are all the rage. But who cares about what’s popular, as long as it’s good? Chef Shack’s head cheese terrine, at $5 a plate, is arguably the best charcuterie deal in town.

The toothsome — the grain and chew of the pork prevail over the fat and glycerin that overwhelm the one inevitable lowlight on your average charcuterie plate — two large slices of meat sparkle with the zip of lemon zest and herbs. A butternut squash mostarda features the sweetly earthy taste of squash, brightened with the spice and crunch of mustard seeds. Fresh-baked bread from Solveig Tofte’s Sun Street Breads and a soft, pickled ramp (for sale by the jar) round out the flavor palette, hitting sweet, sour, spicy, and salty notes in rapid succession.

Pair your plate with a flavored kombucha from the neighboring Foxy Falafel stand ($3 — and worth every penny), and you’ve got yourself a delightfully flavorful, well-balanced breakfast for $10 including tip.

Chef Shack’s head cheese terrine has been a recent feature at Kingfield Farmers Market, open Sundays through Oct. 31st at 43rd and Nicollet Ave. S from 8:30am – 1pm.

Learn more about this business in Heavy Table’s Atlas of Ethical Eating and Drinking.

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Maja Ingeman

The daughter of an artist and a music teacher, Maja spent much of her childhood traveling the country in a rusty old van, attempting to model all of her father’s salable jewelry at the same time, and sampling the many edibles available both on the road and at the art fairs they visited. Though she now lives in Minneapolis, the coffee addiction and love for food that she picked up en route to one of their many destinations never left her. Between marketing work in the medical device industry and poring over the Harvard Business Review, she can typically be found holed up in her kitchen, baking bread every weekend and experimenting in between.

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