Pressed duck foie gras with rhubarb and pistachios


First published in 2015
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Port jelly


To plate

To start, mix together the salt, pepper, sugar and Sauternes in a shallow bowl, then marinade the foie gras with this mixture for 24 hours
After the 24 hours, heat the duck fat in a pan to 80°C and carefully poach the marinated foie gras in the fat for 18 minutes
Remove the foie gras from the fat and put onto a kitchen cloth. Place the lobe flat on a chopping board and make an incision with a sharp knife to expose the central veins. Carefully remove the 2 veins by pulling gently
Press the deveined foie gras into a rectangular mould and cover with clingfilm. Cut a piece of cardboard to the same size as the mould and wrap this tightly with clingfilm; use this to press the terrine with a weight on top (such as canned vegetables). Leave to set for 24 hours in the fridge
Cut the rhubarb into 5cm sticks and place in an airtight container with a lid. Place the rest of the rhubarb ingredients into a small saucepan and bring to the boil
Pour the pomegranate liquor over the rhubarb and seal the container with a lid. Leave for 2 hours
To make the port jelly, bring the port to the boil with the spices and leave to cool slightly. Meanwhile, soften the gelatine sheets in a bowl of cold water
Strain the port and spices into a a clean pan and add the softened gelatine. Leave to cool to room temperature before pouring over the pressed foie gras. Return the foie gras to the fridge to set
Remove the rhubarb from the liquor and set aside. Reduce the liquid in a small pan to a syrup consistency, then use to glaze the rhubarb sticks
To plate, slice the foie gras into 6 portions and place one slice on each plate. Put 2 pieces of rhubarb on each plate and drizzle with a little extra syrup. Garnish with some chopped pistachios, borage flowers and basil cress
First published in 2015
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