foie gras with a miso maple cherry sauce and crispy shallots

September 3rd, 2008 · 887 Comments

i had to give you the entire name of this little dish in the post title.  because i wanted to hit you with full impact…  because foie gras is a full impact kinda dish and well, god, i love this stuff… so.  much. 

you see i had about 3 tablespoons of leftover miso maple sauce from the scallops, so i saved it with no good reason in mind, except that it was absolutely wonderful and i couldn’t imagine tossing it.  surely i could come up with a way to use it.  i mean, it was the weekend and friends were coming over and all i had to do was try and BE CREATIVE.

these days when i cook dinner there is rarely an appetizer or an hors d’oeuvre (bitch of a word to spell, no?), especially if i am serving dessert.  i might have a bowl of olives out – or some roasted nuts to serve along with the first glass of wine, but i don’t like to over feed my guests or detract from the main attraction.  as with most things, i believe i have learned this the hard way.

but exceptions have to made and i had a small but nice chunk of foie gras in my freezer from this past new years eve, just waiting for the right moment.  in a moment of quasi-inspiration, i called my friends and asked them to pick up a baguette, and as the foie defrosted i took my leftover sauce of sherry vinegar, miso and maple syrup and began to heat it gently while i removed the stones from the half forgotten cherries hidden in my fridge.  slicing them into quarters, they went into the pan along with about a teaspoon of sugar and when the cherries released most of their juice i shut off the burner.

i thinly sliced about 5 shallots and fried them in canola oil until they turned brown and crisp.  they were drained on paper towels and sprinkled with my guerende salt.

to avoid smoking up the house with duck fat, i’ve taken to putting a cast iron pan on my gas grill and searing foie gras outside.  the baguettes were sliced and brushed with olive oil, grilled on the grates and then plated with first the sauce, then the foie and then the crispy shallots.

talk about leftovers…


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