Prep 40 mins
Cook 15 mins
In 'Williams-Sonoma : American'
- 1⁄2 cup tawny port
- 1⁄2 cup dried cherries
- 4 boneless duck breast halves, about 7 oz. each
- fresh ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped shallots
- 1 cup chicken stock
- 2 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter
- In a small bowl, combine the Port and dried cherries; set aside.
- Using a thin-bladed, sharp knife, score the skin of each duck breast half in a crosshatch pattern, taking care not to cut into the flesh.
- In a small bowl, mix 3/4 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper.
- Season the breasts on both sides with the salt mixture.
- Place the duck breasts, skin side down, in a cold, large nonstick frying pan.
- Place over med-high heat and cook the breasts until the skin is crisp and a deep golden brown, about 10 minutes.
- Holding the breasts back with a spatula, pour the fat out of the pan.
- Turn the breasts and continue cooking until med-rare, about 3 minutes longer.
- Transfer the duck breasts to a cutting board and cover loosely with foil to keep warm.
- Pour off all but 1 tablespoon of the fat from the frying pan and place over medium heat.
- Add the shallots and cook, stirring often, until softened, about 2 minutes.
- Add the Port and cherries and bring to a boil over high heat.
- Cook until the Port is reduced almost to a glaze, about 1 minute.
- Stir in the stock, return to a boil, and cook until the sauce is reduced by half, about 2 minutes.
- Remove from the heat.
- Whisk in the butter 1 tablespoon at a time, completely incorporating each addition before adding more butter.
- Season to taste with salt and pepper; keep warm.
- Holding a thin, sharp knife at a 45-degree angle, slice each duck breast half on the diagonal.
- Slip the knife under each sliced breast, transfer to individual plates and fan out the slices.
- Spoon some sauce over each breast and serve immediately.