Foie Gras. I can’t think of any other food item that has drawn so much negative publicity without reason.
The completely uninformed might ask what the hell that “fooey grass” stuff is, and after they’re told what /fwɑːˈɡrɑː/ is, they wonder why people seem to like it so much.
The somewhat familiar may ask what all the recent commotion has been about.
…and the terribly misguided (ahem PETA) seem to be under the impression that it’s an item only enjoyed by rich, fat hedonists, who dress in furs, and club baby seals for sport…that’s not the case.
For instance, I picked up this 8oz duck mousse with foie gras for around $12. I then made the plate you see above to be enjoyed while perusing the world wide intrawebz in my super-comfy sweatpants (a cotton polyester blend, not mink). I won’t pretend I was watching save the whales videos, but I was uploading some pictures from Sea World.
The ingredients had me a bit worried. Beside the fact that this was only part foie, I wasn’t (and am still not) crazy about the additives. Maybe it was the influence of the $125 foie terrine this mousse was sitting beside, but $12 seemed like an okay hit to take in the case that this ended up tasting like game and filler funk.
I lucked out. The main flavor was foie. Not just duck, not just liver, foie. I’m suspecting it was the eggs and cream made for a non-gavage liver fattening with a similar flavor.
-Texturally mousse’s are my least favorite foie preparation, but this had a thickness closer to a terrine or torchon. Still spreadable, but heavy enough to feel substantial.
-The sauternes and raisins may have added a slight sweetness, but neither them or the aspic (gel like substance on top) added much by way of flavor. I didn’t mind – I bought this in hopes of finding a fatty liver fix without spending a fortune, and I got just that.
So if you’re curious about the taste, or just aren’t in the mood to visit a favorite restaurant, this is a good option. It’s not on par with a perfectly seared lobe or amazing torchon, but for the price and convenience it’s hard to beat.
and if you’re curious to know more about the impending ban, please take a minutes to inform yourself. Regardless of which side you’re on, please take a minute to read this. With all the issues in big food and animal rights, I’m not sure why there has been this focus on foie. However, I’m hopeful that both sides can find a way to create something that pleases both parties, and move on to fighting some larger issues.