A staple of French cuisine, foie gras has become infamous as an extremely versatile ingredient for both sweet and salty dishes. It’s in North America in particular that more and more restaurants, bakeries and delis are using the fatty liver delicacy for a variety of unconventional dishes, as well as inspiring multiple entries on amateur websites which host recipes involving foie gras online. Here are 8 examples of some of the more unusual dishes created using the luxurious ingredient:
Foie Gras Milkshake
Created by Richard Blais, winner of U.S. TV show ‘Top Chef All-Stars’, Blais debuted the milkshake at his restaurants to combine fine dining with accessibility. Described as tasting of amaretto, vanilla and chocolate, the decadent milkshake was adopted and served in restaurants in Georgia and Alabama.
Foie Gras Bubblegum
With each pack offering 22 goose liver flavoured gumballs, Foie Gras Bubble Gum is an ideal alternative for those who don’t know where to buy foiegras locally. The gourmet gum contains artificial liver flavouring and apparently goes well with a glass of burgundy.
Foie Gras Ice Cream
Earlier this year Brooklyn-based ice cream company Odd Fellows, known for its eccentric flavours such as Chorizo Caramel Swirl and Beet Pistachio Honey Goat Cheese, unveiled its latest flavour featuring the culinary delight of foiegras. The super-rich foiegras, peanut and cocoa caramel ice cream sold for $5.50 per scoop and sold out in 2 days, with customers describing it as “wonderfully wacky”.
Foie Gras Profiteroles
Mixed with ice cream and served with caramel or dark chocolate, using foiegras in the famous dessert delicacy is common in both France and in the United States. Proving rich and decadent, the choux pastry dish is also the most famous offering from Oregon-based gourmet restaurant Le Pigeon, which also serves foiegras as vinaigrette with couscous.
Foie Gras Cocktails
The ‘Foie-dka’ cocktails consists of hazelnut liquer, strawberry, basil and vodka infused with foiegras, originally created in California at local restaurant Alexander’s Steakhouse to kick-start a special evening of culinary delights inspired by the liver dish.
Foie Gras Pizza
Pizza chain Dominos released an exclusive Prestige Quattro pizza in Japan last year, where for $50 customers could enjoy foiegras as well as snow crab, beef stew and shrimp gratin as a topping alongside mozzarella. Other creations from the unconventional Japenese Dominos menu included shrimp with white sauce and sliced potatoes with mayonnaise.
Foie Gras Macarons
What’s better than one French delicacy? Clearly two, as foiegras is a popular choice to pair with chocolate when making the infamous French sandwich cookie. These macarons can be found in many French patisseries, but have also appeared in other international outlets such as the Cake Club in the Philippines.
Foie Gras Cotton Candy
Costing $5 a stick, Foie Gras cotton candy was originally served at a restaurant called The Bazaar in West LA, where it was placed on a stick and covered with vanilla spun sugar to create a truly decadent dish for diners.
Foie Gras Donut
Known as the “Foie Bomb” in California, the original foiegras-filled doughnut premiered earlier this year to celebrate National Doughnut Day at renowned bakery Psycho Donuts. Using a mousse made from the fatty ingredient, it was combined with honey, fig, sage and sea salt.
Foie Gras Cheesecake
Served with hibiscus gel and vanilla crumble, foiegras cheesecake was a seasonal dish served in California at the Haven Gastropub for two years, providing the dessert with a silky smooth texture.
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Ann is a professional cook who loves to occasionally write articles on food and drinks.