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Old 12-03-2008, 03:32 PM   #1
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Probably my absolute favorite indulgence on the planet is the much maligned and often under-appreciated culinary masterpiece... foie gras.



This misunderstood dish is in my opinion, the pinnacle of French Cuisine. The rich, delicate flavors are something I have found in few other dishes. The depth and just overall yummyness of well prepared foie gras is unmatched. Couple that with the fact that I rarely get to eat this dish and it somehow takes on a magical quality for me.

Most places don't serve foie gras anymore and generally the only places that do are upscale places that I only dine at a couple times per year. That and the fact that the PETA-nazi's have pretty much turned it into the pariah of the food world... and its just hard to find nowadays.

However it truly is one of the greatest foods I've ever tasted. Can be cooked in so many different preparations and goes great with a good number of foods and how anyone can hate it is beyond me.

My personal favorite is lightly sauteed foie gras with a truffle leek sauce and some carmelized figgs on the side. Simply mouth-watering.

Any other fans of this delicacy?

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Old 12-03-2008, 03:35 PM   #2
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If I'm reading correctly, you don't care for the PeTA facists.

I'm with you, bro. They need a cigar...cherry end in the eyeball.
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Old 12-03-2008, 03:40 PM   #3
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You are 100% correct my friend. In fact my favorite quote from Anthony Bourdain pertains to the Peta bastards as well as Vegetarians in general


"Vegetarians, and their Hezbollah-like splinter faction, the vegans, are a persistent irritant to any chef worth a damn. To me, life without veal stock, pork fat, foie gras, sausage, organ meat, demi-glace, or even stinky cheese is a life not worth living. Vegetarians are the enemy of everything good and decent in the human spirit, and an affront to all I stand for, the pure enjoyment of food"
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Old 12-03-2008, 03:47 PM   #4
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Yes, Im a glutton when it come to Foie. Love it seared with a balsamic reduction, but also very happy with a torchon ive been know to buy a lobe and work my way through it over a few days with friends. Yuuuummm.

have you had the flash frozen slices? Pretty good and you can keep a bag in the freezer and just grab a few when you need them.


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Old 12-03-2008, 04:02 PM   #5
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I actually haven't had those bro. Unfortunately where I live there aren't too many upscale shopping centers like in Scottsdale etc. But its sounds tasty and relatively convenient.

I must admit that I generally only get to eat Foie Gras when I'm in Vegas as its readily available and I'm there a few times a year.
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Old 12-03-2008, 04:07 PM   #6
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Love the stuff although even thinking about it elevates my cholesterol. Last time I had it was seared and served on top of a petite filet over a potato puree. A bit of red wine on the side and I was dining like a king!!!
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Old 12-03-2008, 04:12 PM   #7
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I love foie gras, but it has to have a sweet topping IMO. Either caramelized cherries or strawberries. MMmmmmm!
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Old 12-03-2008, 04:33 PM   #8
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I worked in an upscale French restaurant near NYC many years ago and ate foie gras prepared by a great chef and love it.

I must admit the stories of ducks having grain shoved down their throats by a pipe is a little disturbing, but I can't comment further as I have reservations to the Italian place in town who makes the best veal I have tasted. Yum.
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Haven't had it, never will. I oppose the manner in which the animals are raised...

The feed is administered using a funnel fitted with a 20–30 cm long tube, which forces the feed into the animal's esophagus; if an auger is used, the feeding takes about 45 to 60 seconds. Modern systems usually use a tube fed by a pneumatic pump; with such a system the operation time per duck takes about 2 to 3 seconds. Thats for up to 3 pounds of feed.

Thats not to say other folk shouldn't be free to make up their own mind about it, after all, there's room or all of gods creatures, right next to the mash potatoes.

PETA should stand for People Eating Tasty Animals.
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Old 12-03-2008, 04:39 PM   #10
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One step away is smoked cod liver. They can reach 75% fat hehe .. YUMMO!
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Old 12-03-2008, 07:22 PM   #11
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I LOVE foie gras. Hard to find. A good chopped liver can give you a similar livery fix and they add tons of chicken fat, hence, increaseing the yumminess while driving your blood pressure sky high, although nothing beats or compares to a seated foie gras in a port reduction.
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Old 12-03-2008, 07:43 PM   #12
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Never had it. Would like to try it, but figure unless I get really lucky it's probably not going to happen.
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Old 12-03-2008, 08:50 PM   #13
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I actually haven't had those bro. Unfortunately where I live there aren't too many upscale shopping centers like in Scottsdale etc. But its sounds tasty and relatively convenient.
Im not sure where to get it as I do through a chef I know when he is buying for his restaurant. Nice to have around though. You can thaw in a few minutes as it's just fat, and then a quick pan sear. Some of my favorite uses are with eggs in the am, and on top of a steak or a burger. Also nice to throw a slab into sauces. (yes im a hedonist )

this is what the label on the bag looks like.



Easy and yummy.

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I bet ya eat that with your pinky up huh?
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Old 12-03-2008, 09:07 PM   #15
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I bet ya eat that with your pinky up huh?
Close, but wrong finger.

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Close, but wrong finger.

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I haven't had Foie Gras yet, but it's on my want to try list.
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Old 12-04-2008, 05:02 AM   #18
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Do not like Foie Gras at all. Even had it in Lyon France, had it stuffed in filet mignon, had it other ways... Yuck. I do not like irony tastes in meat like liver or organ meats... I can certainly appreciate it, but it's just does not sit well with me.
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Old 12-04-2008, 09:07 AM   #19
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Im not sure where to get it
https://www.caviarmore.com/buy-cavia....-p-17872.html

Imported from France, shipped from Miami. ~$150 for a 2 lb bag of slices. Same site also has a 6oz package for ~$30. Plus shipping of course.

All kinds of other goodness at that site too, can't comment on that company though, I just found 'em on google
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Old 12-04-2008, 09:24 AM   #20
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Ive ordered from both:

http://www.dartagnan.com/search.asp?...=1&criteria1=1

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http://www.hudsonvalleyfoiegras.com/ (I know its duck)

I love foie. a lot.
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