Hugh Acheson’s Duck Breast with Maple Gastrique, Blueberries, and Wilted Frisee

The sweetness and smooth taste of maple syrup combines with fresh herbs to form a mouth-watering sauce for duck, chicken,...
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Photo courtesy of Hugh Acheson. 

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. 

4
Servings
247
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 3 Tablespoons real maple syrup
  • 1/2 Cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 medium shallot, peeled and minced
  • 1 spring fresh thyme
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 2 large duck breasts
  • 1/2 Teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 Tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 Vidalia onion, peeled, halved, and sliced thinly with the grain
  • 3/4 Cups fresh blueberries
  • 2 Cups frisee (curly endive)
  • 1 Teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

Directions

To make the gastrique, in a small saucepan, combine the maple syrup, vinegar, shallot, and thyme and bring to a boil. Simmer over medium heat, reducing the liquid down to a total of about ¼ cup, for about 10 minutes. Remove from heat, add ½ teaspoon salt, and season with pepper to taste, then strain through a fine mesh sieve, reserving the sauce and discarding the shallot and thyme. Set aside in a warm spot.

Season the duck breasts with ¼ teaspoon of the kosher salt. Score the skin into a grid pattern with a sharp paring knife. This will help render off the duck fat.

Place a large pan over low heat and add the canola oil. Add the duck breasts skin side down and increase the heat to medium. Cook the breasts for 8 minutes, then flip and cook for 3 more minutes. The breasts should be medium-rare, should have rendered off most of their fat, and the skins should be crisp. Remove the breasts from the pan and set them aside to rest.

Add the onion to the duck fat still on the heat and caramelize the onions for 10 minutes over medium heat. Turn the onions once or twice during their cooking. You want to develop color on them but not burn them. Add ¼ teaspoon salt, blueberries, frisee, and the lemon juice to the onions and toss. Turn off heat and just let the pan hang out.

Thinly slice the duck and arrange evenly on plates. Elegantly assemble frisee, blueberries, and onions over the top of the sliced duck and drizzle with the maple gastrique.

Duck Breast Shopping Tip

Take a break from the usual chicken dinners and pick up a duck from your local butcher. Though it may not have as much meat as a chicken, the flavor of duck is unique and well worth a try.

Duck Breast Cooking Tip

Like with all poultry, make sure you wash everything the meat touches with hot water and soap!

Duck Breast Wine Pairing

Chenin blanc with cream soups; pinot noir, gamay, grenache, or other light red wines with tomato-based soups, including tomato-based seafood soups; sercial or bual madeira or fino or manzanilla sherry with consommé or black bean soup; amontillado with black bean soup.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
6g
10%
Sugar
17g
N/A
Saturated Fat
2g
8%
Cholesterol
80mg
27%
Protein
22g
44%
Carbs
24g
8%
Vitamin A
61µg
7%
Vitamin B12
0.8µg
13.1%
Vitamin B6
0.8mg
42.4%
Vitamin C
20mg
33%
Vitamin E
0.8mg
4.1%
Vitamin K
52µg
64%
Calcium
66mg
7%
Fiber
3g
11%
Folate (food)
68µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
49µg
12%
Iron
6mg
31%
Magnesium
47mg
12%
Monounsaturated
2g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
4mg
20%
Phosphorus
239mg
34%
Polyunsaturated
1g
N/A
Potassium
570mg
16%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.6mg
33.1%
Sodium
682mg
28%
Sugars, added
9g
N/A
Thiamin (B1)
0.5mg
33.7%
Zinc
1mg
9%