Prep 12 hrs
Cook 15 mins
I prepare this on special occasions such as a romantic New Year's Eve dinner or my husband's birthday. Though I prefer tarragon, you could use basil leaves or rosemary instead. I keep it simple, serving with oven roasted herbed-potatoes (over which the sauce is excellent) and fresh asparagus.
- 2 duck breasts, preferably magret (6-8 oz each)
- 1 cup white wine
- 1⁄4 cup soy sauce
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 6 sprigs fresh tarragon
- fresh coarse ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1⁄4 cup sherry wine
- For marinade: Combine wine, soy sauce, garlic, tarragon and pepper in a shallow bowl large enough to contain both breasts side by side.
- Marinate the breasts overnight.
- Just before cooking, strain marinade liquid into saucepan.
- Heat a large saute pan without any oil.
- Score the fatty side of each breast several times.
- Pan-roast breasts, FAT-side down for about 2 minutes.
- Turn to flesh side, and cook another 10 minutes.
- Remove from saute pan to cutting board.
- At the same time as you are cooking the breasts, bring marinade to boil, adding butter and sherry.
- Boil vigorously 5 minutes or until slightly reduced and beginning to thicken.
- Slice breast thinly on the bias, away from the fat.
- Return the slices BRIEFLY to the hot saute pan to brown.
- By this I mean literally lay each slice in the pan, immediately turn it over, and remove.
- This will cook the duck medium rare.
- Serve with sauce.
GREAT! Make extra sauce to serve with London Broil for elegant leftovers!