This week's recipe is for pan-seared duck breast with kumquats.
After reading of the difficulty other bloggers were having to find
kumquats, I decided to use tangerines instead and hope they had
enough flavor for the syrup.
I did not have a fruity wine to use in the sauce so I substituted an
aperitif wine called Dubonnet instead. The sauce came together
well and the taste was pleasant.
I really enjoyed the duck with the slices of citrus, they really
complimented each other perfectly. This is definitely a recipe I
will be repeating, knowing how easy and simple it is to prepare.Per Tricia~
My family has really enjoyed the duck recipes from Dorie Greenspan's
"Around My French Table" and this week was no exception.
Although I was disappointed to not locate fresh kumquats, I am now
having fun keeping my eyes open so I can taste them when they are in season.
My favorite moment of the kumquat hunt was when the salesperson in
my local produce market explained that they "had lots of weird ingredients,
just not the weird stuff you want". Fair enough.
In a completely different direction, but still citrus flavored,
I simply subbed canned mandarin oranges.
I drained the cans and just followed the recipe. I also used the delicious
Saratoga Olive Oil Company's balsamic vinegar which I scored the last
time I was visiting fellow Dorista, Cher (www.crazyworldofcher.blogspot.com).
Need to get back up their with Nana to visit both :)
Another fun revelation this week was that you could buy small
containers of wine which are effectively "juice boxes" for adults.
I had never seen containers so small - about 2 cups. Fabulous for
needs like this recipe, though the salesclerk did not seem to
appreciate my "juice box" reference.
As expected the recipe was straight forward, easy and the results delicious.
I unfortunately gave my duck a bit too much heat or time in the pan and
it was cooked more than I aimed for, but still very good. The taste testers were
delighted and we will gladly revisit this one again. Hopefully with kumquats.
Happy French Friday ~