Chef Stephanie Izard served this delicous, creamy soup at the 2011 CMT Artists of the Year dinner that she had the pleasure of catering. The menu for the event was created by her and inspired by the artists' — Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Taylor Swift, and others — favorite foods and flavors from the South. This soup in particular was one of Taylor Swift's favorites.
The sweetness and smooth taste of maple syrup combines with fresh herbs to form a mouth-watering sauce for duck, chicken, or even fish. Plus, the blueberries and frisee give this recipe a healthy and nutrient-dense spin.
Looking to impress some dinner guests? Look no further than this recipe. Who can resist a perfectly cooked duck breast with a fruity gastrique? It's a feast for the senses, and although there are a few different components involved, they each come together with ease.
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"Gastrique" is a fancy name for a simple but delicious reduction of fruit (rhubarb, in this case) and vinegar. It is terrific with any meat, especially game or roast pork. Wine vinegar is best, but use what you have.
Floyd Cardoz, Tabla Restaurant and Bread Bar, New York, New York, Cooking Light OCTOBER 2005
Gastrique is a mixture of acid and sugar or syrup, and it creates a sweet, tangy coating for the fennel. Cooking the spices in hot oil draws out their flavor. Serve with roasted salmon, sea bass, or pork.