Foie gras/ Fruit bread sandwich / Truffle / Morel / Pedro Ximenez Xeres(© Javier Lopez)
The best chef in Lithuania is not at all a Lithuanian but a Spaniard.Javier Lopez has not only brought some Barcelona sunshine to the gray sky of Vilnius but has also set high gastronomic standards through his work in La Provence and Domm. Javier Lopez is a true artist and you can see that from the recipe Javier has agreed to share with Luxeat's The Chefs Lab.
© Javier Lopez
What made you become a chef?
When I was young I had 2 passions- to play and work in theater
or to become a chef de cuisine. As my mother was working in a market,I got involved into the products, and really got to know them… Then
I decided to be a chef, the theater I play at home!
I believe in The Signs. Of course one
of the things I love is to create, have fun, adrenaline,to
experiment,to feel,to transform… And somehow in the kitchen you can get
all of this together!!!
In my case the main "click "was in Sea Grill, 2 stars Michelin in Belgium. I saw such plates,menus,taste,flavours, combinations,sauces,colours,ingredients….It took my attraction to the cuisine!
What is your favorite product?
I still don't have any favorite product because I am not so lucky to know all of them….but I will say that I really love Asian lovely staff!
What are your upcoming projects?
La Provence in Moscow in late summer….
Foie-gras/ Fruit bread sandwich / Truffle / Morel / Pedro Ximenez Xeres
"This recipe it can work as a snack, a starter… or simply for beginning of a tasting menu…it’s a sandwich!"(J.Lopez)
Ingredients (4 people)
450 g 1 Duck liver ;200 g Fruit bread ;100 g Morels ;80 g Ficoide glaciale ("crystalline" or "
Fruit bread: Cut the fruit bread into slices by 5×5 cm rectangles, place into the oven and dry it at 140 degrees for 14 minutes, till it becomes a fruit bread chip, reserve.
Clean the duck liver and marinate with salt, black pepper, Pedro Ximenez.
Place it in vacuum bag, seal it, and cook in a bain-marie for 25 minutes at 65 degrees (constant temperature). Cool it, and cut in slices 4 x 4 cm .
Morel + Truffle:
Blanch the morels, whip the cream till Chantilly texture,add salt and small cubes of black truffle. Fill the paste into the morel.
Reduce in a pan the Pedro Ximenez, till it becomes a syrup, place in a dip-squeeze bottle for the decoration.
Sea buckthorn :
Heat the juice and add the gelatin leaves, cool it, cut into 4×4 like the foie gras slices.
Place the foie gras with the gelatin and make the sandwich with the fruity bread chips, decorated with the ficoide glaciale,morels, a blanched mini carrot.With a help of dip-squeeze bottle, sketch the initials of the Pedro Ximenez sherry.