Duck Products / Foie Gras
What is duck fat?
A staple of French cooking, duck fat adds a buttery flavor and silky texture to many dishes, from classic cuisine to modern gastronomy. Its high smoke point also makes duck fat an excellent choice for high-heat cooking such as pan searing everything from meat and potatoes to vegetables and poultry. Simply put, duck fat makes everything taste better. Read More
The history behind why duck fat is used in cooking
Duck products are deeply rooted in French cooking but their origins can be traced all the way back to the ancient Egyptians, who started domesticating migratory geese for highly valued foods like meat, duck fat, and foie gras. From ancient Egypt to Greece and Rome, duck fat and foie gras finally made its way to Europe in the 1500s and soon became an essential ingredient in French cooking. The reason for its mainstream popularity can be linked to French Jews who used duck fat as their cooking medium of choice.
How to use duck fat
Duck fat is one of the easiest ways to transform your cooking from ordinary to gourmet. Duck fat and potatoes, for instance, are a match made in culinary heaven because it brings out the earthy potato flavors while giving them a crunchy golden crust. For a savory and satisfying bite, try using duck fat with hash browns, mashed potatoes, french fries, or any other potato-based recipe.
Duck fat can also be used to sear meat like poultry, fish, and shellfish, a no-fail method for achieving an evenly browned and flavorful crust.
For salads made with hearty greens like kale or endive, duck fat dressings impart a delicious, creamy richness that balances the overall flavor. It can also be added to popular condiments like mayonnaise for a gourmet update.
When you toss vegetables in duck fat before oven-roasting or sautéing, the silky and rich flavors add a gourmet twist to everyday recipes.
Duck fat can also be used to make duck confit, one of the most iconic dishes in French cuisine. When poultry is slow-cooked in duck fat, it helps tenderize the meat while infusing it with delicious flavors.
Deep frying in duck fat is another way to give chicken, fries, and other fried foods a crisp and golden crust, especially when combined with high smoke point oils like safflower or peanut.
Where to buy duck fat?
If you’re looking for duck fat for sale, Supermarket Italy features a selection of top brands like Rougie and Fatworks, the preferred choice for chefs and gourmands.
What is foie gras?
A quintessential luxury food item in French cooking, de foie gras is made from goose liver that has been enhanced with a fattening process that involves force-feeding the birds twice a day. Also called gavage, this fattening method results in foie gras with a characteristically rich and buttery flavor unlike any other.
The history behind foie gras
By the third century B.C. the practice of domesticating geese had spread from the Egyptians to the ancient Romans, who refined the process by introducing a special fruit diet to the birds, which helped improve the quality and flavor. Today, foie gras is an iconic specialty food that epitomizes gourmet French cooking.
How to prepare Foie Gras
Often served as an appetizer at fine dining establishments, foie gras is surprisingly easy to prepare. Readily available in specialty gourmet shops like Supermarket Italy, foie gras pate has a velvety smooth texture that melts in your mouth. To preserve the delicate flavors of this culinary masterpiece, serve it slightly chilled and cut into slices; it can be eaten with a simple green side salad without dressing or with a toasted white bread baguette, dijon or wholegrain mustard, and cornichons.
Another popular pairing, tangy and fruit-forward marmalades and jams like fig or berry perfectly compliment the rich and buttery flavors of foie gras. The best wine pairings for foie gras are typically rich, sweet white wines like Chenin Blanc from the Loire Valley or a Bordeaux Sauvignon Blanc.
Where to buy foie gras
At Supermarket Italy, you’ll find a selection of the finest gourmet duck products like Rougie and Trois Petits Cochons. Shop our selection of foie gras today and get ready to take your cooking from average to out-of-this-world delicious.