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Mousse of Duck Liver with Aspic Jelly


Mousse of Duck Liver with Aspic Jelly recipe















Aspic jelly
2 cups water
1 pound beef soup bones
½ carrots
finely chopped
1 celery stalks
finely chopped
1 parsley sprigs
1 shallots
½ small onions
not peeled
1 bay leaves
1 pinch thyme
1 pinch rosemary leaves
salt and black pepper
to taste
1 ounce cognac
1 ounce port wine
2 pounds duck livers
2 cups cream
10 gelatine leaves
2 1/2 tbsp granulated gelatine
4 ounces butter
2 tablespoons shallots
1 cup port wine
½ cup cognac
salt and black pepper
to taste
cayenne pepper
to taste
1 dash juice
2 cups aspic jelly
(see above)
1 thyme



Put the water, bones, beef, vegetables and spices in a pot and simmer for 2 hours. Skim the fat off the surface and strain the liquid. Stir in port and cognac.

Check the consistency of the aspic by pouring ½ ounce on a plate and refrigerating for 10 minutes. If the aspic is not hard enough, add 2 to 3 tablespoons of unflavored gelatin to the pot.


Soak the gelatin leaves in cold water. Cover the bottom of a pate mold with 1 cup of flavored aspic.

Put the mold in the refrigerator and let it sit until the aspic hardens, approximately 15 to 20 minutes.

In a large sauté pan, slowly cook the butter, thyme, and shallots for 2 minutes. Add the duck liver and cook until done rare. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Add 1 cup of the port wine, flame, and cook for another two minutes. Pour the mixture into the bowl of a food processor.

In a sauté pan, heat the cream over medium heat then drain the gelatin leaves and add them top the cream. Add the gelatin and cream to the liver mixture in the food processor. Purée the mixture for one minute.

Strain through a sieve into a large bowl. Whisk. Add ½ cup cognac, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and cayenne to taste. Mix thoroughly, place in the mold and cool for 2 hours in refrigerator.

Pour the remaining cup of flavored aspic over the top of the liver mixture in the mold. Return the mold to the refrigerator for 15 minutes until the aspic hardens. Unmold, slice, serve on cold plates with toasts.


* not incl. in nutrient facts

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 59g (2.1 oz)
Amount per Serving
Calories 9488% of calories from fat
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 6g 29%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 28mg 9%
Sodium 46mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A 12% Vitamin C 1%
Calcium 3% Iron 0%
* based on a 2,000 calorie diet How is this calculated?


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