financière, à la
French for "baker's style," alluding to the expensive ingredients in this French haute cuisine preparation. Such dishes (which can range from meat to poultry) are garnished with a mélange of truffles,quenelles, kidneys, sweetbreads and madeira. Financière preparations are often served in a vol-au-vent.
From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.