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Not Interested in Foie Gras? How About Faux Gras?

Foie gras is definitely a controversial subject, some folks love the way it tastes and don't care about how it's produced, while others won't go near it because of how it's produced. There are even those who love it, but feel too guilty to eat it.

We could get into a big debate over whether or not foie gras is cruel — sidenote: did anyone see Anthony Bourdain's Holiday Special segment about it? — but for the time being, I thought I'd just tell you about an alternative. UK supermarket Waitrose has created a product called Faux Gras — they even have the term trademarked — that is a blend of goose liver and goose or duck fat. It costs significantly less than the real thing and comes close to the real thing. David Stone, a buyer for Waitrose, said:

"We are confident we have come up with the holy grail of the gastronomic world - a pate with the richness of traditional foie gras, but without any of the guilt."

What do you think of this? Would you try it? And for those of you that are curious about it, but don't live in the UK, Gourmet has a recipe for Chicken Faux Gras.


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Princesskitty22 Princesskitty22 9 years
How is it produced?
Food Food 9 years
issa it's okay, so do i.
terryt18 terryt18 9 years
Eh, I've never...
issarocks issarocks 9 years
ok i love foie gras... i admit it.
No thank you to internal organs of animals!
WildHeavenFarm WildHeavenFarm 9 years
A little research would go a long way with the people who object to foi gras. Some of them go so far as to block customers from entering restaurants and harassing chefs at home. If only they cared about other people as much as they care for animals in theory - that energy could be put to a better use.
tkoblondee tkoblondee 9 years
I think I'd have to try the faux gras at least once...just to judge for myself!
colormesticky colormesticky 9 years
Me too, Cuz. I'm not a foodie by any means, so lucky for me this will never be an issue.
FactCheckinCuz FactCheckinCuz 9 years
more like foie gross to me.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
I will stick to eating the real thing while i can. I dont like "faux" anything foodie wise
gaellemj gaellemj 9 years
Faux gras tastes nothing like foie gras, it's just "mousse de canard" or duck mousse. And don't get me started about force-feeding because foie gras is not about forcing animals to eat.
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