Pan-seared Foie Gras, Pecan Bread Pudding, Warm Fruit Salad and Red Plum Coulis

Submitted by: Paul Wade

Raisins and fruits poached in red plum coulis accompany foie gras on tosted pecan-banana bread.



    Red Plum Coulis

    • 1/2 cup plum wine
    • 1/2 cup champagne vinegar
    • 1/2 ounce ginger spears
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
    • 1/2 vanilla beans
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/4 teaspoon lavender
    • 1/2 cup mirin
    • 1 cup brown sugar
    • 1/2 pound red plums (about 3-4 plums)

    Fruit Salad

    • 8 red plums, scored and pitted
    • 8 apricots, pitted
    • 2 baby pineapple; peeled, cored and quartered lengthwise
    • 16 Bing cherries, pitted
    • 1 cup extra-large California golden raisins, poached in white wine until plump
    • Red Plum Coulis to poach fruit

    Citrus Custard for Bread Pudding

    • 1 cup cream
    • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated lime zest
    • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated orange zest
    • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest
    • 2 tablespoons Grand Marnier
    • 2 egg yolks
    • 1 vanilla bean, split and scraped

    Mint Oil

    • 1/2 pound mint leaves
    • 1 cup grape seed oil

    Pecan-Banana Bread Pudding

    • 4 slice pecan-banana bread, punched out into 8 small rounds
    • Butter to sauté

    Foie Gras

    • 1 1/2 pounds deveined Grade A Foie Gras, cut into eight 3-ounce slices and chilled


    Red Plum Coulis

    Combine all of ingredients in a large, nonreactive saucepan. Simmer liquid slowly over low heat until reduced by half. Remove ginger and purée in a blender until smooth. Pass through a fine-mesh strainer into a clean container. Reserve amount for poaching fruit salad and amount for garnishing. Keep refrigerated until ready to use.

    Fruit Salad

    Place all fruits except raisins in a large, non-reactive saucepan. Add reserved plum coulis and bring mixture to a simmer; poach just until fruits are tender.

    Citrus Custard

    Combine all the ingredients in a medium bowl. Set aside in refrigerator until ready to complete the dish.

    Mint Oil

    In a large saucepan, heat grape seed oil over medium heat to 130°F; add mint leaves. Remove from heat and quickly pour oil into a blender; blend until color is bright green. Strain through a fine-mesh strainer. Store in refrigerator until ready to use.

    To Serve

    In a large sautépan, heat butter. Then, dredge banana bread in custard mixture and add to pan; sauté until lightly golden. Have warm serving plates ready and place pecan-banana bread French toast in center and fruit salad off to the side.

    Heat a large sautépan over medium-high heat; quickly sear foie gras until mahogany in color. Remove from pan and place on top of French toast. Drizzle with reserved plum coulis. Garnish with mint oil.

    Chef’s Note: Depending on the season, it may be necessary to substitute more widely available fruits, such as melon or pears.

    Nutrition Facts Per Serving

    Calories 1160 (58% from fat); Total Fat 76g (sat 20g, mono 30g, poly 21g, trans 0g ); Cholesterol 215mg; Protein 16g; Carbohydrate 5g; (Dietary Fiber 5g; Sugars 79g; ); Iron 8mg; Sodium 710mg; Calcium 202mg; Potassium 877mg

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