In the realm of gourmet indulgence, few offerings whisper promises of luxury and sensory delight quite like foie gras. Whether spread lavishly on a toasted brioche, or delicately seasoned within a sumptuous main course, foie gras weaves a story of culinary opulence that is as ancient as it is enduring. Marky's Caviar and Gourmet Foods, the premium importer in the United States, guides you through the delightful process of infusing your home-cooked meals with the essence of this treasured ingredient.

In this collection, you will not only find step-by-step recipes but also the history of foie gras, the types available, and the art of pairing. It's a comprehensive voyage into the world of foie gras that will appeal to both the seasoned gastronome and the dabbling domestic chef.

The Basics of Foie Gras

Before you sizzle, season, and savor, it's crucial to understand the very heart of this gastronomic gem. 'Foie Gras demystified' is not just a tagline; it's a commitment to provide a thorough understanding before you step into the kitchen.

What is Foie Gras?

'Foie Gras' is French for 'fatty liver,' and indeed, the appeal of this delicacy lies in the rich, buttery texture of the liver. Traditionally, foie gras comes from ducks and geese and is a staple in French gastronomy.

Types and Culinary Use

The two primary types of foie gras are 'whole lobe', best for searing and serving as a decadent centerpiece in a meal, and 'mousse', which is a whipped, spreadable form that can be used in various recipes.

Buying and Storage Tips

Navigating the purchase of foie gras can be as intricate as preparing it. Whether shopping online or in-store, look for certification and consider if ethical and sustainable sourcing is essential to you.

Foie Gras in Appetizers

The art of crafting the perfect appetizer starts with creativity, and with foie gras as your palette, the possibilities are as endless as your ambition.

Seared Foie Gras with Fruit Chutney

A simple yet sublime treat, seared foie gras is paired with a tangy fruit chutney for a balance of flavors that dance on the palate.

Pastry-Wrapped Foie Gras Lollipops

For those who adore contrasting textures, encase foie gras in a flaky, golden pastry; a delightful twist on the classic dish.

Foie Gras and Fig Crostini

This enchanting appetizer marries the opulence of foie gras with the natural sweetness of figs, presented on a crisp crostini. It's a symphony of flavors that encapsulates the essence of gourmet luxury in each bite.


  • 1 baguette, thinly sliced
  • Olive oil
  • Sea salt
  • 200g whole lobe foie gras
  • Fresh figs, quartered
  • Aged balsamic vinegar
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Microgreens for garnish


  1. Prepare the Crostini: Preheat your oven to 180°C (350°F). Arrange the baguette slices on a baking sheet, brush lightly with olive oil, and sprinkle a dash of sea salt. Bake for about 10 minutes, or until golden and crisp. Allow to cool.
  2. Cook the Foie Gras: While the crostini are cooling, cut the foie gras into ½ inch thick slices. Heat a non-stick pan over medium-high heat. Once hot, sear the foie gras slices for 1 minute on each side, or until a golden crust forms. The inside should remain soft and creamy. Transfer to a plate covered with kitchen paper to absorb any excess fat.
  3. Assemble the Crostini: Place a slice of foie gras on each crostini. Add a quartered fig on top of the foie gras. Drizzle each crostini with aged balsamic vinegar for a touch of acidity that brilliantly cuts through the richness. Finish with a sprinkle of freshly ground black pepper and garnish with microgreens.
  4. Serve Immediately: These crostini are best enjoyed fresh, with the contrasting textures of the crisp bread, creamy foie gras, and the sweet juiciness of the fig creating an unforgettable appetizer experience that is both refined and delightfully simple.

This recipe is designed to inspire and provide a gateway into the sophisticated world of foie gras. Each ingredient has been chosen to complement and enhance the luxurious character of the foie gras, creating a starter that will captivate and impress your guests.

Foie Gras in Main Courses

For main courses, the secret of a successful foie gras integration is in the preparation and pairing.

Foie Gras-Stuffed Chicken Breast

Elevate the humble chicken breast by sliding a layer of foie gras within for a succulent poultry prize that's sure to impress.

Seared Foie Gras Steak Companion

Combining foie gras with a well-prepared steak can turn dinner into a feast, a showstopper that's rich and satisfying.

Foie Gras with Scallops & Pea Purée

A harmonious blend of the sea's delicacy with earth's richness, this dish surprises and delights with its profound flavors and textures. Here, scallops and foie gras unite over a bed of vibrant pea purée, creating a main course that's as visually stunning as it is gastronomically satisfying.


  • 4 large sea scallops
  • 200g whole lobe foie gras
  • 400g fresh peas
  • 1 shallot, finely diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 100ml chicken stock
  • 50ml heavy cream
  • Salt and white pepper to taste
  • Microgreens for garnish
  • Butter
  • Extra virgin olive oil


  1. Prepare the Pea Purée: In a saucepan, heat a tablespoon of butter over medium heat. Add the shallot and garlic, sautéing until softened but not colored. Add the peas and chicken stock, and simmer until the peas are tender, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a blender, add heavy cream, and blend until smooth. Season with salt and white pepper to taste. Keep warm.
  2. Cook the Scallops: Pat the scallops dry with kitchen paper and season with salt. Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a non-stick pan over high heat. When hot, add the scallops and sear for about 1-1½ minutes on each side, until they have a golden crust but remain tender inside. Remove and keep warm.
  3. Sear the Foie Gras: Cut the foie gras into ½ inch thick slices, season lightly with salt. In a clean, hot non-stick pan, sear the foie gras slices for about 30 seconds to 1 minute on each side, until golden outside and meltingly soft inside. Drain on kitchen paper.
  4. Assembly: Spoon a generous amount of pea purée onto each plate. Place a seared scallop in the center of the purée. Top each scallop with a slice of warm foie gras. Drizzle with a few drops of extra virgin olive oil and garnish with microgreens.
  5. Serve Immediately: This dish is best enjoyed immediately, with the contrasting textures of velvety pea purée, tender scallops, and luxurious foie gras converging in a symphony of flavors that is both indulgent and comforting.

Through this recipe, we aim to inspire you to explore the limitless potential of foie gras in your culinary creations. By marrying the decadence of foie gras with the simplicity of fresh ingredients, you can achieve a main course that embodies the spirit of fine dining, right in your own home.

Foie Gras in Desserts

Enter the unconventional yet surprisingly fitting pairing of foie gras with sweet indulgences.

Foie Gras Chocolate Truffles

Chocolate's best-kept secret? A brush with foie gras creates depths of flavor that challenge even the most sophisticated of palates.

Foie Gras Ice Cream Affair

A scoop of foie gras-infused ice cream served with a drizzle of balsamic reduction is a bold, unusual, and irresistibly luxurious offering.

Foie Gras Crème Brûlée

Indulge in the ultimate fusion of decadence with this Foie Gras Crème Brûlée, a dessert that daringly combines the savory luxury of foie gras with the sweet, creamy delight of a classic crème brûlée. This recipe promises a dessert experience that is as unforgettable as it is sophisticated, blending rich, savory notes with a caramelized sugar crust for a contrast that is simply divine.


  • 300ml heavy cream
  • 100g foie gras, at room temperature
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons sugar, plus extra for caramelizing
  • A pinch of salt
  • Fresh thyme (optional, for garnish)


  1. Preheat the Oven: Begin by preheating your oven to 150°C (300°F). Arrange your ramekins in a deep baking dish.
  2. Blend the Foie Gras and Cream: In a blender, combine the heavy cream and foie gras. Blend until the mixture is completely smooth. Transfer this mixture to a saucepan and warm it over a low heat, but do not allow it to boil.
  3. Whisk the Egg Yolks: In a mixing bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, 2 tablespoons of sugar, and a pinch of salt until the mixture is light and frothy.
  4. Combine: Slowly pour the warm foie gras and cream mixture into the egg yolk mixture, stirring continuously to ensure that the eggs do not curdle.
  5. Bake: Carefully pour the custard into the ramekins, filling them nearly to the top. Fill the baking dish with hot water until it reaches halfway up the sides of the ramekins. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, until the custard is set but still slightly jiggly in the center.
  6. Chill: Remove the ramekins from the water bath and allow them to cool to room temperature. Once cooled, refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or until the custard is fully set.
  7. Caramelize the Sugar: Just before serving, sprinkle a thin, even layer of sugar over each custard. Using a kitchen torch, carefully caramelize the sugar until it forms a hard, golden crust.
  8. Serve: Garnish with a sprig of fresh thyme if desired, and serve immediately. The rich, creamy foie gras pairs beautifully with the crisp, sweet shell, offering a dessert that is truly a celebration of contrasts.

This Foie Gras Crème Brûlée recipe transcends the traditional boundaries of dessert, offering a bold and luxurious end to any meal. Its complex flavors and textures promise to inspire and delight even the most discerning of palates, making every bite a testament to the artistry of culinary innovation.

Tips for Cooking with Foie Gras at Home

Cooking with foie gras is a collaboration, not just with recipes, but with the finest methods of storage and handling.

The Storage Symphony

Proper storage is key. Foie gras is best kept in the refrigerator for up to a week or frozen for a few months. Thaw frozen foie gras overnight in the refrigerator for the best results.

Substitutions with Sensibility

For those who prefer not to indulge in the traditional form, there are substitutes available. Be mindful not only of the flavor but also the ethical considerations that come into play.


With every dish prepared, a connection to the tradition and artistry of foie gras is renewed. Your culinary experience should be one of exploration and joy, whether it leads you to a classic indulgence or a reinvention of its very nature. We encourage you to share your experiences, recipes, and culinary tales. It's in these shared moments that the true magic of fine dining unfolds.

An epicurean adventure awaits, one where every bite is a brushstroke on the canvas of your own gourmet art. Take to your kitchen with the spirit of a gourmand, the precision of a chef, and the heart of a lover of good food. And remember, the story you tell through your dish is as unique as your fingerprint; perfect, in its own way, for your personal feast.

In each preparation, Marky's stands beside you, a partner in the pursuit of all things delicious. We look forward to not just reading your stories but to tasting the essence of your creativity through the meals you cook.

If you're seeking the finest in foie gras and other gourmet delights, Marky's is your gateway to a world of unparalleled flavors. We invite you to peruse our selection, knowing that with each package, you're not just buying food; you're taking home a piece of heritage, art, and luxury.

Come, join us at the table. Your next masterpiece is waiting to be crafted.