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Walnut Grove Recipes

Seared Foie gras with pea puree


Seared foie gras with pea puree

Serves 4

  • 250g peas
  • 1 shallot
  • 2 large sprigs of mint
  • 4 x 100g pieces of raw foie gras
  • 1 tsp butter
  • 300ml balsamic vinegar
  • salt & pepper


1. Finely chop the shallot, sweat gently in the butter, then put in food processor. Bring the peas to the boil in a pot of water, add the mint at the last minute and strain into a pot so you have the water the peas were cooked in.

2. While the peas are still hot, transfer into the food processor with the shallots and blend. Season to taste and adjust the consistency with the water the peas were cooked in, until you have a reasonably moist puree.

3. In a saucepan, reduce the balsamic vinegar to a syrupy consistency and put into a bottle with a fine nozzle for pouring.

4. Preheat a heavy based frying pan until it is hot, add the foie gras (do not use any additional butter or oil, it is not needed) and cook on a reasonably high temperature for a minute and a half on either side, or until it is just cooked in the middle. (Cooking time for foie gras varies depending on the thickness of the piece.)

5. Assemble by spooning pea puree into the middle of your plate, placing the foie gras on top, and squeezing the balsamic vinegar around the outside of the plate.

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Serving Suggestions

Obviously this is quite a rich starter, so be careful not to serve to many other rich things following this course.

Advanced preparation

This dish is probably best made to order because it is quite quick to prepare however it is definitely worth having a bottle of reduced balsamic vinegar in the fridge pre made, and if you wanted to could make the pea puree before but you might run the risk of loosing some of the brightness of its color.

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