Call us crazy, but we’ve always been partial to sipping a late-harvest wine. Chef Laurent Tourondel would have us think otherwise. He suggests we consider reducing it to a shimmery sweet sauce. An inspired complement to a luxe pan-seared foie gras, to be sure, one that’s served alongside toasted brioche, mildly nutty mache, and a tart Granny smith purée. No argument here. We think you’ll concur. –Renee Schettler Rossi
Author’s For the Best Foie Note: Hudson Valley Foie Gras provides some of the best in all of the United States and perhaps the world. Located in Ferndale, New York, just a few hours north of Manhattan, Hudson Valley Foie Gras specializes in Moulard duck livers.–Laurent Tourondel
Author’s Wine Note: Serve this dish with a sweet wine that offers aromas of dried peaches and candied citrus, such as Seyval Late Harvest “Romance,” Clinton Vineyards, 2006, Hudson Valley, New York.–Laurent Tourondel
Seared Foie Gras with Chardonnay-Grapefruit Reduction Recipe
Hands-On Time: 45 minutes | Total Time: 45 minutes | Serves 6
- For the apple purée
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 3 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
- 3/4 cup dry white wine
- 3 tablespoons quince jelly or quince paste
- For the foie gras and reduction
- 6 pieces grade A (4 ounces each) foie gras (See Author’s Note)
- Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 cup freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
- 1/2 cup late-harvest Chardonnay
- Zest of 1/2 orange
- 1/4 teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
- 1 1/2 teaspoons unsalted butter
- For the assembly
- 6 slices (1/2-inch thick) brioche
- 1/2 cup mâche (optional)
- Make the apple purée
- 1. Melt the butter in a medium sauté pan over medium heat. When the butter begins to foam, add the apples, wine, and jelly. Cook, stirring frequently, until the apples are tender, about 5 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a blender and purée until smooth. Set aside at room temperature.
- Cook the foie gras and reduction
- 2. Place a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Using a paring a knife, gently score the foie gras slices with a diagonal pattern on 1 side. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Place 3 slices in the pan and sear until golden brown, about 2 minutes. Reduce the heat slightly, turn the foie gras over, and cook for an additional 2 minutes. Transfer to a plate and set aside to rest. Wipe the pan clean and repeat with the remaining 3 slices of foie gras.
- 3. Pour the excess pan drippings out of the pan, leaving just a thin film in the pan and reserving 3 tablespoons of drippings to add to the reduction. Deglaze the pan with the grapefruit juice over medium-high heat, scraping up any browned bits with a wooden spoon. Simmer until the juice is reduced by half, about 2 minutes. Add the Chardonnay, orange zest, rosemary, and the reserved pan drippings and simmer for 1 minute. Add the butter, remove from the heat, and whisk until well combined. Season the reduction to taste with salt and pepper.
- Assemble and serve
- 4. Preheat the broiler.
- 5. Using a 3-inch round cookie cutter, cut the brioche into rounds and place them on a baking sheet. Toast the brioche rounds under the broiler until golden brown, about 1 minute per side.
- 6. Place the brioche toasts in the center of 6 serving plates. Lay the foie gras slices on top of the brioche. Spoon the apple purée around the foie gras, drizzle with the grapefruit reduction, and, if desired, scatter the mâche leaves over the top.
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Seared Foie Gras with Chardonnay-Grapefruit Reduction Recipe © 2010 Laurent Tourondel. Photo © 2010 Quentin Bacon. All rights reserved.