The practice of force-feeding geese to enlarge their livers dates back to at least 400 B.C. Egyptian hieroglyphics depict slaves force-feeding geese to enlarge the livers.
French chef Jean-Joseph Clause is credited for creating and popularizing pâté de foie gras in 1779. Chef Clause's culinary genius was rewarded a gift of twenty pistols by King Louis XVI , and he obtained a patent for the dish in 1784. He went on to begin his own business specializing in supplying pâté to the gentry. By 1827, Strasberg was known as the goose-liver capital of the world.
French Law and Pâté de Foie GrasFrench law requires at least eighty percent of pâté de foie gras must be the liver, but sadly the law is often circumvented. Mousse or purée de foie gras contains even less, 55 percent. Although other pâtés can be served warm or hot, the delicate texture of foie gras melts too easily, so pâté de foie gras is served chilled.
Most of us cannot afford the luxury of French pâté de foie gras very often or don't agree with the force-feeding of the animals, so we satisfy our cravings with a more than acceptable chopped liver pâté made of chicken livers.
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