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Pan-Seared Duck Breast and Duck Fat Brussels

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Could be for Valentine’s Day, but quick enough for a random Tuesday! You deserve it.

Ingredients

  • FOR THE MASHED POTATOES:
  • 2 whole Large Baking Potatoes, Peeled And Diced To 1/2 Inch Pieces
  • Salt And Pepper
  • ⅓ cups Sour Cream
  • 3 Tablespoons Butter
  • Milk, If Needed (optional)
  • FOR THE BRUSSELS SPROUTS:
  • 1 pound Brussels Sprouts, Trimmed And Halved Or Quartered To Bite-sized Pieces
  • Salt And Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 3 Tablespoons Reserved Duck Fat
  • 2 Tablespoons Honey
  • FOR THE DUCK:
  • 2 whole Duck Breasts, About 5 Ounces Each
  • Salt And Pepper
  • ½ cups Dry Red Wine
  • 1 Tablespoon Butter

Preparation

Preheat oven to 450ºF.

Place potatoes in a small pot and cover with water by about 3 inches. Sprinkle some salt in the pot. Bring the potatoes to a boil and boil uncovered for about 10 minutes until very soft. Drain, then return to the pot.

Mash the potatoes with lots of salt and pepper, sour cream, and butter. If you like thinner mashed potatoes, add splashes of milk and stir to reach a consistency you like.

Meanwhile, arrange Brussels sprouts in one layer on a large baking sheet. Sprinkle with lots of salt and pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder.

Score the fat and skin of the duck with a very sharp knife in a cross pattern. Cut through as much of the fat as you can without piercing the flesh. Sprinkle the duck on both sides with salt and pepper, and place skin side down in a cold pan. Turn the pan to medium heat and let the duck warm slowly and start to cook. The fat will render and release from the skin. As that happens, tilt the pan and spoon out most of the duck fat (you’ll do this a few times), leaving only a thin layer in the bottom of the skillet.

Let the duck render on the skin side for 12–15 minutes until skin is thin, crispy, and brown. Flip the duck at let cook for 1 minute on the flesh side. Turn the heat off the skillet and let the duck sit for 1 minute more, then remove to a plate to rest.

Drizzle 3 tablespoons of duck fat over the Brussels sprouts. Roast them at 450ºF for 10 minutes until they become tender and brown at the edges. Remove the sprouts from the oven and drizzle with the honey. Toss while hot.

To the skillet that you used for the duck, turn heat to medium and add wine. Let bubble and reduce by about half, then swirl in the butter and turn the heat off the skillet.

Thinly slice the duck breasts and arrange on plates with the potatoes and sprouts. Drizzle with the red wine sauce and eat!

Note: Save any extra duck fat for roasting other potatoes or veggies this week! It keeps in the fridge just like butter.

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