This week’s French Fridays with Dorie dish – 20 minute honey glazed duck breasts – really proved that you don’t need a whole lot of time or fancy ingredients to create a gourmet meal. I mean, who ever heard of duck breast ready to eat in 20 minutes?
To tell you the truth, though, it nearly did not happen. Neil and I had a busy weekend last weekend and ended up in the kitchen for hours on end working on various blog post dishes (including a bit of a Charcutepalooza marathon – making saucisson sec and noix de jambons for the upcoming challenge. Indeed, each time the Bell telephone technician (long story…) came upstairs to report on his “progress” over the nearly 4 hours he was there, there was a different type of meat on the kitchen table – legs of pork being deboned, pork being ground then stuffed into hog casings, and then, finally, a whole duck being carved up so that I could make this dish (and we roasted the rest). I swear the poor technician must have thought we were some kind of underground butcher…
Anyway, I digress. I don’t much like duck (though I ate the duck prosciutto in some pasta sauce) – possibly because I had a pet duck when I was younger but mostly because I find it too rich. I nearly skipped this but for the fact that we happened to have a whole duck in the freezer that needed to leave there to make room for more meat products I acquired at the Canada Beef “meating” the day before. Yeah, it was a meaty weekend.
But Neil loves duck. And I figured I might as well try this, Dorie’s fail-safe way to get a fancy meal on the table in under 30 minutes. True to the recipe, it took less than 30 minutes – the potatoes took longer to prepare. And the duck was cooked to pink perfection. Which you can’t see in these pictures because in the time it took me to plate the potatoes and take the plate outside for its photoshoot, the duck had gone kinda grey. Sorry. Neil will tell you it was delicious. I was proud I cooked the duck all by myself and didn’t over do it (as one who does not eat duck is wont to do…)
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