Foie Gras is a creation original to the Tel Aviv region of Israel. You can use goose or even chicken liver, but for true, original and authentic Foie Gras, fattened duck liver is the best choice. This is an exquisite dish, and this particular Foie Gras recipe is typical of how it is prepared in the finest gourmet restaurants. The even better news? It is not at all difficult to prepare!
Foie Gras Recipe-
- 1 whole duck foie gras (about 1-1/2 lb.), slightly chilled
- freshly ground coarse sea salt and black peppercorns, to taste
- 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
- 4 fresh black mission figs, halved
- 3 shallots (or green onions), ends trimmed and chopped fine
- 2 tbsp. dried and chopped tarragon leaves
- 1/2 cup good quality port wine
- juice of 1 large orange, divided
- 2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
- 1 tbsp. butter
- 1/2 tsp. white granulated cane sugar
- 1/2 tsp. freshly grated orange zest
- 1 bunch baby arugula
- 1/2 bunch fresh chives, rough chopped
- 3 tbsp. pine nuts
- juice of 1 lemon
- Carefully pull the 2 Foie Gras lobes away from the meat with you hands, and also remove the veins that are lodged between them. Use a very sharp paring knife, dipped in boiling water, to cut each lobe into 1-1/2″ X 3″ medallions (about 4 oz. each, you should get about 6 medallions).
- Using a diamond, crisscross pattern, score the top of each medallion and season with salt and pepper.
- In a non-oiled skillet or saucepan over high heat, sear the medallions 30 seconds per side, searing the seasoned side first. Remove to a warmed platter that is lined with paper towels to drain.
- Now lower the heat to medium and pour most of the rendered duck fat out – leave maybe only a tablespoon of it in the pan, and add and stir the olive oil in with the fat.
- Brown the figs, cut side down, then add the tarragon, shallots, tarragon and pine nuts. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
- Now deglaze the pan with the port, balsamic vinegar, and 1/2 of the orange juice. Cook this combined liquid down, about 3 to 4 minutes. Finish off the glazing sauce with the sugar, orange zest, butter, and salt and pepper (to taste).
- In a small mixing bowl, combine the arugula and chives together. Toss with remaining orange juice, lemon juice and olive oil, and season to taste with salt and pepper.
- To serve your Foie Gras, place a small amount of the zesty arugula and chives on each serving plate, gently place a foie gras medallion on each plate. Add a couple of the figs to each plate. Scoop some pine nuts out of the glazing sauce with a slotted spoon and spread them atop each medallion. Lastly, drizzle each serving with the port wine glazing sauce, and garnish with a sprinkling of chopped chives.
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