The authentic Le Mans Rillettes have become a classic of friendly parties in the Pays de la Loire region. With a smooth texture similar to pâté or terrine, theRillette is widely eaten as a appetizer - spread on a crisp slice of French bread - or in sandwiches for snacking. The original recette de Rillette from Le Mans, based on pork meat, is one of the most traditional recipes in France.
Because of its creamy, smooth interior similar to pâté, the Rillettes used to be called "the poors'pate" in the Northern regions of France. The authentic recipe from Le Mans made out with larger pieces of pork provides rich and fine Rillettes with a rustic texture. In France, the Rillettes are generally enjoyed chilled, spread lightly on crackers or French crusty farmhouse bread. In baguette with gherkins or other pickles, Pork Rillettes make a perfect, delightful fast food!