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Duck Breasts With Cherries And Nutty Wild Rice


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  • 4 boneless skinless duck breast halves patted dry (abt 6 oz ea)
  • Salt to taste
  • Freshly-ground black pepper to taste
  • Emeril's Essence to taste (see Bayou Blast recipe)
  • 1/2 cup finely-chopped shallots (or yellow onions)
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup Brut Rose Sparkling wine see * Note
  • 1/2 cup duck stock (or chicken stock)
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • 1 teaspoon lavender
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh thyme
  • 2 tablespoons cold unsalted butter cut into pieces
  • 2 tablespoons toasted skinned chopped hazelnuts as garnish
  • 1 package wild rice - (8 oz)
  • Chicken stock as needed
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup toasted skinless chopped hazelnuts
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • Salt to taste
  • Freshly-ground black pepper to taste


Servings 4


Step 1

* Note: Cook and Pair with Schramsberg Brut Rose Sparkling Wine

Score the fatty side of the duck breasts and lightly season with salt, pepper, and Essence on both sides. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the duck breasts and sear on the fatty side for 4 minutes. Turn and cook on the other side for 2 minutes, for medium-rare. Remove from the skillet and cover to keep warm.

Pour off all but 1 tablespoon of fat from the pan. Add the shallots and garlic, and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the wine, stock, cherries, lavender, honey, and thyme, and bring to a simmer, stirring to scrape up any bits clinging to the bottom of the pan. Cook until the cherries are plump and the liquid is reduced to a thick sauce, about 4 minutes. Add the butter in pieces, stirring constantly to incorporate. Adjust the seasoning, to taste. Return the duck breasts to the pan with any accumulated pan juices and cook over low heat until warmed through, about 1 minute.

Transfer to 4 serving plates and spoon the sauce and cherries over each portion. Garnish with the toasted nuts and serve with the Nutty Wild Rice.

Nutty Wild Rice: Cook the rice according to package directions, using chicken stock instead of water, and adding 1 tablespoon of butter to the stock. When all the liquid has been absorbed, remove from the heat and let rest for at least 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork and add the nuts and parsley. Season to taste, as necessary.

This recipe yields 4 servings.

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