Skill level

Average: 4.1 (8 votes)


  • ½ tsp olive oil
  • 2 small golden shallots, thinly sliced
  • ¼ bunch thyme
  • 1 small bay leaf
  • ½ sprig rosemary
  • 50 ml Madeira wine
  • 50 ml sherry
  • 250 ml port
  • 140 g foie gras
  • 115 g duck liver 
  • 1 tsp fine salt 
  • ½ tsp white pepper
  • 190 ml clarified butter 
  • 2 eggs 
  • 1 sheet gelatine, softened in cold water

Cook's notes

Oven temperatures are for conventional; if using fan-forced (convection), reduce the temperature by 20˚C. | We use Australian tablespoons and cups: 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml; 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml; 1 cup equals 250 ml. | All herbs are fresh (unless specified) and cups are lightly packed. | All vegetables are medium size and peeled, unless specified. | All eggs are 55-60 g, unless specified.


Chilling time overnight

Preheat the oven to 140°C. Place a small saucepan over high heat and add the oil. Add the shallot and herbs, and sweat for 1 minute. Pour in the Madeira, sherry and 50 ml of the port. Cook for 10 minutes or until reduced to 50 ml. Strain, discarding the herbs, and transfer to a food processor.

Add the foie gras, liver, salt and pepper and blend until smooth. Add the eggs one at a time, then very slowly add the butter while continuing to blend.

Pass the parfait mixture through a fine chinoise, then spoon it into a 750 ml-capacity terrine mould and cover with a lid or foil.

Place the terrine into a roasting tin half-filled with hot water and cook for 40 minutes or until set. Remove from the oven, allow to cool.

Chill in the fridge overnight. Serve as part of a charcuterie plate.