Duck Breast with Blackberries

Yield 4
RECIPE Ingredients
  • 2 Moulard Duck Magret
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large orange
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • ½ cup Port
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1⅓ cups blackberries
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 bunch of frisée, washed, dried and torn into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 small bunch of watercress, washed, dried, and torn into bite-sized pieces
Recipe notes
This gorgeous - and easy - duck breast recipe offers the perfect balance of sweet, tart, rich and bright, and is served on fresh greens.
RECIPE Preparation
  1. Remove the duck breasts from the refrigerator 30 minutes before cooking. Score the skin in a crosshatch pattern, cutting through the skin and fat but not cutting the meat. Season both sides with salt and pepper and set aside.
  2. Finely grate the zest of the orange and set aside. Squeeze enough juice to measure 1/8 cup.
  3. Place a heavy frying pan over high heat. When it is hot, add the breasts, skin side down. Reduce the heat to medium, cover the pan with a splatter screen, and cook for 5 minutes. Pour off the fat, set aside, and continue to cook the breasts, skin side down, for another 5 minutes.
  4. Pour off any excess fat, turn the breasts over, and cook for another 2 to 5 minutes, depending on the thickness of the breasts. To test doneness, press the meat side of the breast with your finger; it should feel soft and spongy. Transfer the cooked breasts to a plate, cover loosely with aluminum foil, and leave to rest for 5 minutes.
  5. Pour off all but about 2 tablespoons of the fat in the pan. Add the shallot and cook over medium heat, stirring, until softened. Add the port and bring to a boil. Deglaze the pan, using a wooden spoon to scrape up the browned bits from the bottom. Add the orange zest, juice, vinegar and blackberries, lower the heat, and simmer until the liquid is slightly reduced and the berries are warm and softened. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Toss frisée and watercress together. Portion the greens onto serving plates.
  7. Cut the duck breasts into thick slices, place on top of greens and drizzle with the warm sauce.

Reprinted with permission from Fat: An Appreciation of a Misunderstood Ingredient, with Recipes by Jennifer McLagan, copyright © 2008. Published by Ten Speed Press.