Fall is the perfect time to entertain - if not astound - guests with your very own ventures in haute-cuisine. After all, the cool weather brings us closer, into the warmth of our kitchens and dining rooms, while the laid-back, toss-another-dog-on-the-grill attitudes of summer give way to more extravagant dispositions: we want something hearty, something luxurious, something a little more...je ne sais quoi.
And that's where foie gras comes in. With its exquisite flavor and impossibly smooth texture, this gastronomic delight marries well with all kinds of dishes you wouldn't necessarily expect. In fact, many overlook its potential for use in entrees and desserts, preferring it as a starter due to its distinct, overpowering flavor. But when used right, it can be the ultimate flavor enhancement for your fancy evening dishes.
So check out these amazing foie gras recipes written by Gourmet Food Store’s resident expert chefs, and get ready for sumptuous, restaurant-level meals in the comfort of your own home.
Cheese and Foie Gras Mini Tart Recipe
Before moving onto the entrees, you might want to try a more modestly-sized appetizer. These bite-sized tartelettes are filled with luscious swirls of whipped foie gras and mascarpone, then dabbed with sweet dollops of balsamic and port wine fig spread. Great as an hors d'oeuvre for parties and cocktail hours, this enticing appetizer titillates the palate, with each bite the perfect marriage of savory and sweet.
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Easy Foie Gras and Truffle Pasta Recipe
It's hard to imagine a trinity more holy (well, more delicious at least) than that of foie gras, truffles and melted Italian cheese. This pasta is dressed in all three, with the smoothness of truffled micuit foie gras absorbing the buttery melted goodness of Parmigiano Reggiano and mascarpone cheese. The robust fattiness of the foie gras seeps into the pasta, making it luxuriously creamy and delicious. To finish, a few more slices of micuit foie gras top off this mountain of culinary indulgence.
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Duck Breast with Foie Gras and Balsamic Cherries Recipe
We love duck for its assertive flavor and succulent dark meat. But what we love even more is how great it is for entertaining, especially when your dish exudes sophistication like this one. Here, duck breast is sauteed to golden-brown perfection, sliced into thin strips, laid on a bed of arugula and glazed with a nectarous balsamic cherry reduction. As if that wasn’t enough, a side of seared foie gras finishes off this ultra-fancy yet simple to prepare dish.
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Foie Gras Hamburger Recipe
Not tired of hamburgers yet? Us neither! Grilling season may be over, but that's just another excuse to give your burgers the royal treatment instead. In this recipe, juicy patties are topped with thick slices of foie gras, then drizzled in an ultra-creamy shiitake and balsamic sauce. The extra layer of foie gras makes this burger so mouthwateringly decadent you'll wonder why you hadn't tried it before. A thousand times, in fact.
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Wagyu Beef Tenderloin in Foie Gras Mushroom Sauce Recipe
Steak doesn't get much more tender, buttery and downright delicious than a Wagyu tenderloin. This revered beef is flecked with intramuscular fat that melts during cooking and infuses the meat with unbeatable flavor. Pan-sear these bad boys in butter, smother them in a creamy, cheesy foie-gras-mushroom sauce, and finally top with a thin slice of truffled micuit foie gras, and now even terms like "Wagyu Heaven" don't do justice to this spectacular dish.
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