Most chefs will tell you that you should try duck breast at least once in your lifetime. Many fine cuisine restaurants have a duck breast dinner on their menu, but there is nothing like preparing yourself.
For hunters specifically, being able to prepare and dine on your catch is a great way to celebrate the hunt.
Duck breast, when cooked properly, is one of the juiciest, moist, and flavor-packed of meats you will ever eat. Delicious as a standalone, duck is also great when paired the perfect side dish.
Vegetables are the greatest duck pairing. If you are looking to prepare this meat with a delicious addition, here are some great side dishes to try.
With some leftover duck fat, butter, or vegetable oil, heat the oil in a pan and add as much chopped cabbage as you want. After about 15 minutes of constant stirring to avoid burning the cabbage, add a few drops of water to help cook the cabbage. When the cabbage is soft and tender, it is fully cooked and should take on a caramel color. Cabbage is naturally sweet and highlights the duck perfectly.
This allows you to use as many vegetables as you want. Typically, carrots, celery, onion, parsley root and garlic are used. After you’ve cut all of the vegetables, add olive oil to an oven-safe pan and add salt, pepper, smoked paprika, and rosemary or oregano. Add all of the vegetables and stir so that the vegetables soak up the flavoring of the spices. Cover the pan with aluminum oil and cook in the oven for 30 minutes at 375 degrees. Uncover after the 30 minutes and cook for another 20, until the vegetables are roasted.
Mashed potatoes with caramelized onions:
For the perfect blend of sweet and savory, this side dish does it. The mashed potatoes can be prepared however you normally, making sure you add plenty of butter and milk. Cut the onions (2-3) in slices and place in hot pan with olive oil. Make sure you stir constantly to avoid burning the onions. Once the onions are soft and the color is brown tinted, the onions are caramelized.
A warm beet salad:
You may not be a fan of beet, but when served warm with duck, it is delicious. You want to put the beet on a pan covered in parchment paper into the oven set at 375 degrees. Cook the beet whole for about 2 hours. Once cooked, chop the beet finely and flavor with olive oil, salt, a pinch of sugar, a small amount of horseradish and caraway seeds.
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