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Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Foie Gras Bon Bons on Beetroot Wafers


Foie Gras Bon Bons are one of the culinary trends that are super hot these days. It seems that the whole food scene is filled with them, in every shape, type, flavour that you can imagine. Foie gras has always been a gourmet item, and it is an ingredient that - when added to any preparation - adds a gourmet touch and a unique flavour. Most commonly, foie gras is added to steaks, or served as an ApĂ©ritif with bread and a sauce... but lately foie gras bon bons have swept the scene claiming the throne to their own! These bon bons can be savoury or sweet. The savoury version though, is usually a ball of foie gras filling encased in a shredded vegetable topping, then all quickly deep fried to perfection. The sweet version of these bon bons is usually shaped into balls, rolled in nut meals (almonds, pistachios, or walnuts, to name a few), then dipped in a syrup of sorts. The foie gras balls can also be dipped in tempered chocolate, acting as a filling - kind of like liquid fondant. Think of it this way, foie gras is duck fat, so essentially it is kind of like butter, but with a distinct flavour.


Many find foie gras to be an acquired taste, but most people love its uniqueness. Whichever way you prepare foie gras, you are definitely adding on character and depth to your overall flavours. The key however lies in buying a good grade foie gras, as in recipes like this one, it is the star, so it would better be of good quality. Good quality foie gras can be bought from gourmet shops and specialty stores.

I had gone to New York last year, and been introduced to the making of foie gras bon bons by a chef friend of mine. He recommended that the bonbons be served in a cold metal spoon, with a thin mini brioche wafer on the side. But when I made the Beetroot wafers, I thought the flavours of the wafers will pair with the fois gras bonbons just as well as the brioche does. So I had given it a try and found it to be fantastic. I even found that the hint of colour was very much welcome too. I will however, dip the foie gras in tempered chocolate, next time instead of the drizzled chocolate, as I think it will look better than the exposed foie gras. These bon bons are obviously sweet, and therefore offered as dessert.

Just as the case usually is with gourmet recipes, the use of alcohol is very common. The original recipe uses a cocktail of alcohol for flavouring, however I have also modified the recipe for you in case you do not wish to use the alcohol. I have included both recipes for you to choose whichever you fancy.



Original Foie Gras Bon Bons
Makes 50 bon bons

You Need
50 mini beetroot wafers
2  Foie Gras (grade# 3/16), cut into pieces and vein removed
2 tbsp Brandy
2 tbsp Sherry
2 tbsp white Vermouth
2 tsp unrefined salt
1 tsp black pepper
300g Dark chocolate, melted
1/4 cup pecans, toasted and roughly chopped (optional)
Gold leaf for garnish

Place all in the bowl of your stand mixer and mix together at speed 6 for 1 minute, then raise the speed to max and mix for 30 seconds extra. Place the mixture in a piping bag, get rid of excess air and seal the bag. Place it in the fridge for 15 minutes.



Pipe a small ball of foie gras mixture onto the beetroot wafer if not going to dip in chocolate. Then top each ball with a drizzle of melted dark chocolate, then sprinkle with toasted pecans and garnish with a gold leaf.

If you will go for dipping in chocolate, then pipe the foie gras balls onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper (then place back in the fridge to cool before dipping). Melt your chocolate, and dip the balls in the chocolate and place them on lined cookie sheet, then sprinkle the tops with pecans. Leave to set overnight in the fridge then garnish with gold leaf.

For Non-Alcoholic Foie Gras Bon Bons
You Need


50 mini beetroot wafers
2  Foie Gras (grade# 3/16), cut into pieces and vein removed
2 tbsp Apple Juice
2 tbsp Vanilla extract
2 tbsp Grape juice
2 tsp unrefined salt
1 tsp black pepper
300g Dark chocolate, melted
1/4 cup pecans, toasted and roughly chopped (optional)
Gold leaf for garnish


Follow the same instructions as the original recipe.


Check out this link for making Fruit Wafers

Thank you for dropping by and reading this post, hope you have enjoyed it :) This is a recipe with which you will always impress and be known for, so give it a try and offer something new the next time you entertain at home :) and make sure to drop by again soon ... I would love to hear from you, so please leave a comment :)

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