Seared Foie Gras & Autumn Berry Preserves on Brioche

Seared Foie Gras & Autumn Berry Preserves on Brioche
An elegant appetizer for a cocktail party or formal dinner. It will impress with taste as well as visually. If you want leftovers, hold some back!

3 large brioche, crusts removed
5 tablespoons unsalted butter
3/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 cups Autumn Berry Preserves
1 lb fresh Foie Gras



Cut brioche into 3/4-inch-thick slices, then into 60 (1 1/2-inch) cubes.

Heat 1 tablespoon butter with 2 tablespoons oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over moderate heat until foam subsides.

Cook brioche cubes, 12 at a time, until golden brown on top and bottom, about 3 minutes total.  Transfer brioche as cooked to a rack to cool and sprinkle with salt to taste. Between batches, carefully wipe skillet clean with paper towels and add more butter and oil.


Stir pepper and juice into preserves. Chill jam, covered, until ready to use.

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Cut foie gras into 1- by 1/2-inch pieces and season with salt and pepper.

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking. Reduce heat to moderate and cook foie gras, about 20 pieces at a time, until golden brown on both sides, about 1, minutes total.  Transfer foie gras as cooked to a shallow baking pan with a spatula and arrange in 1 layer.

Between batches, carefully wipe skillet clean.

Reheat foie gras as needed in middle of oven 2 minutes, or until just hot, before assembling hors d'oeuvres.

Just before serving, top toasts with Autumn berry preserves, then foie gras.


Cook's notes:

  •  Autumn Berry Preserves topping may be made 2 days ahead and chilled, covered.
  • Toasts may be made 1 day ahead and cooled completely before being stored in an airtight container at room temperature. If toasts get soft, recrisp them on a baking sheet in middle of a 400°F oven.
  •  If using chicken livers, separate lobes and pat dry. Season with salt and pepper. Cook the livers, whole, until cooked through, about 4 minutes total. Cut the livers into pieces after they are cooked.

Makes 60 hors d'oeuvres.




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