Foie Gras with Polenta Cake and Blackberry Sauce


My hubby’s birthday is on Monday, so I wanted to make something extra special this weekend, so I broke into my stash of Foie Gras to make this extra special dinner. The combo of creamy foie, crispy polenta and sweet blackberry sauce is amazing – we licked out plates clean! This recipe is adapted from Foie Gras a Passion by Michael Ginor.

4 slices of foie gras, 1/2 inch thick
2 c mixed salad greens
Polenta cakes
Blackberry sauce

Blackberry Sauce:
1 TBSP ghee or butter
1 small shallot, finely chopped
1 bay leaf
1 pint blackberries
1/2 c water
1/2 c cassis liqueur
2 TBSP blackberry jelly
2 TBSP chicken stock
1/2 tsp thyme leave

In a 2 qt saucepan, melt butter, add shallots, bay leaf and 1/2 pint of blackberries, cook over low heat for 3 minutes. Add water, cassis, jelly and stock and simmer over medium low heat for 30 minutes until thickened. Remove from heat and stir in thyme and pepper and remaining berries. Set aside.

2 TBSP ghee or butter
1 clove garlic, minced
1 bay leaf
1 c water
2 c milk
1/2 c polenta
1/3 c grated parmigiano-reggiano
Cayenne pepper

In a 4 qt pan, melt butter, sweet the garlic and bay leaf over low heat for 30 seconds. Add water and milk, bring to a simmer and remove bay leaf. Whisking constantly, slowly add the polenta in a steady stream. Simmer for 10 minutes until polenta thickens, then whisk in cheese, salt and cayenne. Line a half sheet pan with Saran Wrap and pour the polenta into the pan about 1/2 inch thick. Cover with Saran Wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour. Remove and cut into 2 inch squares. Heat 1 TbSP of olive oil in a non-stick skillet and cook both sides until golden brown, about 5 minutes per side. Keep warm.


Bring the sauce to a simmer.

Season with salt and pepper on each side. Heat a cast iron skillet over high heat and sear on each side, About 30 seconds per side.

Pour foie drippings into the sauce and stir.

Place 1 cup of greens on each plate. Place two polenta squares on salad too with foie and spoon sauce over the foie gras and salad.

Serves 2.


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