- 1 foie gras, about 1 1⁄4 to 1 1⁄2 pounds
- Kosher salt
- Freshly ground white pepper
- 3 tablespoons Cognac
- Croutons or toast triangles
Set the foie gras on a cutting board or other work surface and let it rest for 30 minutes. Remove it from its package. Separate the large and small lobes, or sections, and remove any visible fat. Make a slit in the bottom of each lobe, open it gently with your fingers, and remove and discard the large vein. If any pieces of the foie gras break off, tuck them into the larger pieces. Season the foie gras all over with salt and pepper. Then press it into a terrine or loaf pan with lid, smooth side up. Press down gently, pour the Cognac over the foie gras, cover with the terrine lid and refrigerate overnight.
Preheat the oven to 200F. Let the foie gras rest at room temperature for 30 minutes. Bring a teakettle of water to a boil. Create a water bath by setting the terrine into a roasting pan, placing it on the middle rack of the oven and filling the pan with enough hot water to come halfway up the sides of the terrine. Bake for 20 minutes. Let the terrine rest, uncovered, for 20 minutes. Pour off any fat that has collected around the edges, and save it for another purpose. Using the lid of the terrine turned upside down, gently press the foie gras down into the terrine. Cover and refrigerate for three days.
To serve, gently loosen the edges of the foie gras with a knife, remove and save the visible fat, slice the foie gras, and serve with croutons or toast triangles.