Monday, December 29, 2008

Chicken Faux Gras - Worth A Try

For Christmas I decided to make something unhealthy for an appetizer. I decided not to really celebrate this year, but just spend the afternoon with friends eating tasty food and drinking lovely wine. I love dishes you can make ahead of time, they make life so much easier on the "big" day and who can resist a recipe titled: Chicken Faux Gras. This recipe is from Gourmet's Diary of a Foodie from the Contraband Cuisine episode.

The recipe for the mousse is pretty simple and just requires: onion, butter, garlic, heavy cream, chicken livers, sea salt, black pepper. It also has a parsley gelee for the top of the mousse and requires: a cucumber, gelatin, lemon juice, suger, Tabasco sauce, flat-leaf parsley (which I omitted due to my hosts dislike of parsley, thus making it really a cucumber gelee). The whole recipe can be found on the Gourmet site here.


While we were devouring the mousse / pate (it really is delicious), I noted that I could do without the gelee on top and my host noted that it really provided a nice balance to the mousse - which I can agree with.

Incidentally, we enjoyed the Faux Gras with a bottle of Francois Cazin 2004 Cour-Cheverny Cuvee Renaissance which is an off-dry, but lovely balanced, Romorantin from the Loire Valley. It matched perfectly with the mousse. It is available for about $18 to $20.

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