Sauteed Hudson Valley Foie Gras with apple charlotte and walnut chutney
Apple charlotte Melt the butter in a small pan over medium heat and add the onions and celery. Cook until soft and translucent then add the apples. Cook until the apples become soft then add the diced bread, mirin and ginger. Season to taste with salt and pepper and cool. Melt the 1/4 cup butter over low heat. Trim the crusts from the bread and brush well with the melted butter. Line the inside of four charlotte molds with the buttered bread, cutting excess away. Fill each lined mold with the apple filling and place a round of buttered bread over the top. Bake at 350 for 30 - 40 minutes until the bread becomes golden brown and the filling becomes completely melted. Walnut chutney Combine all ingredients in a non-reactive pan and simmer until the mixture becomes slightly thick. Cool and reserve. Finish Sprinkle the foie gras with salt and pepper and dredge in flour then saute over high heat in a drop of oil. Cook until the outer surface becomes brown on both sides and the center is slightly warm. Remove to a paper towel to drain. Un-mold the charlottes into the center of the plates and place the foie gras on top. Drizzle the walnut chutney around the plate and sprinkle the leaves on top.