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58: Foie Gras Crème Brulee from Petite Maison
Traditional French cuisine sometimes has a certain degree of ick to it. Your mom always told you to waste not, want not, and French cooks have been taking this advice to heart for centuries. Coq au vin thickened with blood, smooth liver-y pate, sausage casings made from intestines, and head cheese composed of just about any other meaty bits left on that critter. At Petite Maison, they carry on this culinary tradition with a more modern twist, like their foie gras crème brulee.
The foie gras crème burlee easily takes the cake, or custard if you will, as the perfect way to end a decadent French meal. The crisp burned sugar was topped with a sprinkle of coarse ground sea salt that added depth to the flavor. The crème itself was lightly whipped with a soft and silky texture unlike any other crème brulee we've ever sampled. A light sweetness graced the crème without overwhelming the distinctive savory foie flavor. Put this item on the menu full time and it's sure to convert otherwise offal skeptics.
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