Andignac foie gras with melon, sansho pepper and lime

10
60 minutes

Ingredients

  • 750g of foie gras, ideally Andignac foie gras, cut into 10 equal slices
  • sea salt

Koji and sake sauce

  • 150g of dried koji rice
  • 150g of mineral water
  • 3g of sea salt
  • 50g of sake
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 2 pinches of xanthan gum, or more as required

Melon

  • 1 Piel de Sapo melon, large
  • 1 lime, zested
  • 10g of sanshō, ground (also known as Japanese sansho pepper)

Crumble

  • 30g of sobacha (Japanese buckwheat tea)
  • 30g of toasted sesame seeds

To garnish

  • sanshō leaves

Method

1
You’ll need to start preparing the sauce a week before you plan on serving the dish to allow time for fermentation. Add the koji rice, water and salt to a vacuum bag and seal using a chamber sealer. Leave to ferment at room temperature for 6-7 days
  • 150g of dried koji rice
  • 150g of mineral water
  • 3g of sea salt
2
To finish the sauce, reduce the sake by half in a saucepan, then set aside to cool. Strain the fermented liquid through a chinois or fine sieve into a bowl and add the reduced sake and a little lime juice to taste. Adjust the consistency by blending in xanthan gum, adding a small pinch at a time. Set aside while you prepare the other elements.
  • 50g of sake
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 2 pinches of xanthan gum, or more as required
3
Peel the melon and, using a slicing machine or mandoline, cut into 1.5mm-thick slices. Using ring cutters, cut out 20 rounds of each of the following sizes: 2.5cm, 3.5cm, 5cm and 6.5cm. Finally, cut out 5 separate 7cm rounds
  • 1 Piel de Sapo melon, large
4
To build the layered melon domes, prepare 5 separate stacks on a baking tray lined with parchment paper.Begin by placing 4 6.5cm rounds to create the base, then season with a little sansho pepper and lime zest. Add a stack of 4 5cm rounds, season again, then add a stack of 4 3.5cm rounds. Season once more, then finish with a stack of 4 2.5cm rounds. Season one more time, then drape over one of the 7cm sheets. Each stack should have 17 layers in total (each size has 4 rounds, then you finish with a final larger round draped over). Repeat this process 4 more times, until you have 5 neat domes of melon. Cut each dome in half and set aside
  • 10g of sanshō, ground (also known as Japanese sansho pepper)
  • 1 lime, zested
5
When ready to begin serving, preheat an oven to 60°C. Place the melon half-domes in the oven and bring them to just above room temperature
6
To cook the foie gras, season each slice well and sear on both sides in a hot pan for a few minutes, then finish cooking in the oven for 3-4 minutes. Remove and allow to rest for 2-3 minutes before carving one side of the foie gras, exposing the cooked interior. Mix together the sobacha and sesame seeds to make the crumble and sprinkle on top of each slice, along with a little sea salt
  • 750g of foie gras, ideally Andignac foie gras, cut into 10 equal slices
  • sea salt
  • 30g of sobacha (Japanese buckwheat tea)
  • 30g of toasted sesame seeds
7
When ready to plate, gently warm the sauce without boiling. Add a half-dome of melon to each plate and cover it with sansho leaves. Add a slice of foie gras, pour over the sauce, and serve
  • sanshō leaves