Crème de foie gras


Crème de foie gras
This is a rather tricky recipe in which foie gras is used to make a savoury cream, similar to a crème brulée but - of course - without sugar and without caramelizing the top. Instead, it is topped with an espuma (a light hot foam) of potatoes, garnished with crispy morsels of serrano ham.
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Last modified on: June 3rd 2012

For 8 people, you will need:

Change those ingredients for: 2 people 4 people 8 people 12 people

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PreparationRestingCookingStart to finish
33 min.2 hours1 hour3 hours 33 min.
Keeping: Creams with espumas do not keep.
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Stage 1 - 5 min.
Crème de foie gras : Photo of step #1
Pour 500 ml liquid cream, 20 ml Brandy (Cognac or Armagnac) and 20 ml Port into a pan on low heat. Add 3 g salt, 1 g pepper, 2 pinches "Quatre-épices" spice blend and 250 g raw foie gras cut into pieces.

Heat gently until the foie gras has completely melted.

Stage 2 - 5 min.
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Blend the mixture thoroughly and check seasoning.

Stage 3 - 5 min.
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Strain the resulting liquid through a sieve. Clean the pan and pour the liquid back into it.

Stage 4 - 5 min.
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Add 4 egg yolks and beat thoroughly to mix well.

Stage 5 - 3 min.
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Blend again briefly if necessary.

Preheat the oven to 110°C (240°F).

Stage 6 - 30 min.
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Divide the mixture between the ramekins and put in the oven in a bain-marie (as for a crème brulée).

Stage 7 - 2 hours
As soon as the creams are cooked, remove from the oven and leave to cool to room temperature, then refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

The preparation and cooking to this stage can be done in advance, even 1 or 2 days beforehand.

Stage 8 - 15 min.
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Peel and rinse the potatoes, then cut into thick slices.

Boil in salted water until soft.

You will need 260 g potatoes after cooking.

Stage 9 - 5 min.
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Pour 140 ml liquid cream into a pan on low heat with 140 ml milk, 40 g butter and the cooked potatoes.

Bring to the boil, then blend thoroughly.

Check seasoning.

Stage 10 - 10 min.
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Pass the potato cream mixture through a sieve or fine strainer, then pour into a cream whipper.

Pierce 2 gas cartridges and shake well.

Note: if you have a basic cream whipper (i.e. not insulated), wrap it in a tea towel, or you risk burning yourself as the contents will be very hot.

Stage 11 - 5 min.
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Make the crispy ham by frying morsels of serrano in a very hot frying pan without any added fat. fry on both sides until crisp.

Stage 12 - 5 min.
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Assemble the creams: to each ramekin (they should be really cold), add a layer of hot espuma of potato and stick 2 pieces of ham into the top.

Serve immediately.

Remarks

You can use either cooked or raw foie gras: if you use raw, it is even better if you can season it the day before, as for the terrine of foie gras .

If you do not have a cream whipper, you can replace the espuma with a little creamy potato purée.

The creams can be served in verrines rather than ramekins for a "posh restaurant" touch.

Nutritional information

% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).

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Source

After Jean-Chrisophe Despinasse.

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