foie gras like at Chez Dumonet
I have an upcoming trip to Paris, and am planning to rent an apartment, as I love to go shopping in the markets and local stores for foodstuffs I can't get at home in the States. On my last trip to Paris, I had the most amazing foie gras terrine at Chez Dumonet. Is it possible to buy a slice of terrine of similar quality, at about the same size (an inch or so thick) for home consumption? I have been to the big food halls like Galeries Lafayette, etc., but am always a little confused about what to order (several terrines look similar), and they are not as delicious. I also can't spend a fortune, and would settle for something of very good quality.
Thanks for any tips.
Isn't there a small shop on the Ile St. Louis? I can't recall the name but it would be hard to miss. Direct from the farm. They even give you a sample & a taste of wine from the region.
And they speak perfect english. We brought some home and it was wonderful on toasted bread & seared served with preserves.
I agree it can be confusing. Assuming it is real foie gras rather than a terrine with a little foie i find often the best way is to buy is in the vacumn packed bags in the chiller sections of stores like Bon Marche. The quality is good and you can select a piece that suits your budget. I would avoid the product in jars though.
Funny, l find the mi-cuit ( partially cooked )canard foie gras entier jars from a good source are very dependable. This may sound stupid, but when looking at a slice in plastic it should look like a slice of liver not homogeneous stuff. Some brands may be undersalted or too salty for you, but you will learn very quickly what you want. Currently looking at a jar of mi-cuit duck foie entier in my fridge that is 180 gm net weight. Cost between 20-30 Euros.
I have had excellent foie gras from vacuum pack and from jar. I see no difference in quality. The only format I tend to avoid is canned foie gras.
I get my foie gras either directly from the farms in the southwest, or from the marchés de producteurs which are held about half a dozen times a year in Paris. You can find the dates of these markets by inputting Paris markets in the search box on top right of this page.