In Montréal, you don't find foie gras—it finds you. Order a stuffed pig's trotter and you'll find it inside. French fries might very well have it on top. French toast and foie gras? Sure why not. Check out these five foie-centric dishes, including a take on the Double Down at Joe Beef and poutine from Au Pied du Cochon.
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New York-based Fleisher's Grass-Fed and Organic Meats recently hosted its annual Butcher Blackout at the Montreal restaurant Joe Beef. Despite the dinner coming directly on the heels of my gluttonous maple syrup feast at Pied de Cochon's sugar shack (it was the next night) I knew better than to turn down an opportunity to eat a massive meal of Fleisher's famed beasts multiplied by Joe Beef's spunk.
Canada already celebrated Thanksgiving back in October, but one chef, Frédéric Morin of Joe Beef in Montreal skipped the bread crumbs to make his own special spin on stuffing. He combined three of the city's iconic foods: bagels, smoked meat (and pickles) from Schwartz's Deli, and maple syrup. For the turkey, he spiced it up with some Montreal steak seasoning and drizzled Coca-Cola on top—the latter isn't particularly Canadian but it makes for a nice sweet glaze. "Seasoning the other side [of the turkey] is like wearing clean underwear. Nobody sees them but it's just for your sake." I got to try Morin's well-seasoned bird and stuffing when traveling through Montreal recently, and have to say, both were darn...