seared foie gras with poached pears, shitake and blue cheese

January 7th, 2008 · 11 Comments

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new years eve. first course. a lightly salted 1" slice of hudson valley foie gras alongside a pear poached in vanilla infused cranberry cherry juice with a squeeze of lemon – then filled with a sauteed shitake blue cheese mixture. a friend of mine had this winning combination while on holiday and decided to recreate it for the big night. i’d never actually tackled a whole foie gras. it was interesting – as in the deveining process, and liberating to know that i could do it. i could make kick ass foie gras. i mean it’s really quite easy, if nearly impossible to screw up. we put a cast iron skillet directly on the grill so as not to smoke up the house. it couldn’t have worked better. it was crisp on the outside and still rare in the middle. personally i don’t like it too underdone. too mushy for me. but this was smooth and velvety. and rich beyond rich. and the accoutrement’s were just wonderful. this is the epitome of decadent food and the four of us each had thirds. seriously. three. each.

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and it was definitely worth every fat gram…

Tags: foie gras

11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 pogo // Jan 7, 2008 at 9:53 am

    Brilliant!!

  • 2 minimally invasive // Jan 7, 2008 at 10:15 am

    Drooooooool…

  • 3 Jennifer Hess // Jan 7, 2008 at 10:22 am

    WOW. Just… wow.

    What a way to kick off 2008!

  • 4 Mary Coleman // Jan 7, 2008 at 10:44 am

    Lawsy!! How divine!

  • 5 Starla Jimenez // Jan 7, 2008 at 4:13 pm

    Looks great! Mmmmmm!

  • 6 yveala // Jan 7, 2008 at 5:18 pm

    looks like perfection… happy 2008 fellow fretter.

  • 7 Lauren // Jan 8, 2008 at 1:04 pm

    I just LOVE the dish it’s served on!

  • 8 clumsy // Jan 8, 2008 at 3:08 pm

    Wow! Now that’s luxury!!

  • 9 elZorro // Jan 8, 2008 at 7:34 pm

    Meanwhile, I’m in VA at a meditation retreat eating tufu curds speckled with sunflower seeds.

    I hate you. Seriously!

  • 10 FireDog // Jan 9, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    I’m with everyone else….. Fab!

  • 11 TaratheFoodie // Jan 9, 2008 at 7:39 pm

    Mmmmmm, foie gras. I’ve had it only a few times in restaurants and I absolutely LOVE it. I haven’t been adventurous enough to prepare it myself yet, but I’m sure that day will come. Yours looks excellent. My mouth is literally watering.

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