Duck breast with wild mushrooms, pomme fondant, gratin dauphinois and madeira jus

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  1. chrisd1

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    One of my favourite recipes inspired by some rather good french techniques, enjoy!



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    Serves 2

    2 Duck breasts, preferably Gressingham
    25g Dried mixed mushrooms or 50g Fresh ceps
    150ml Madeira
    300ml Chicken stock,plus 200ml for pomme fondant
    50g Butter plus 100g butter for pomme fondant
    4 Large potatoes (preferably Maris piper or good baking potato)
    125ml Double cream
    1 Clove garlic,chopped
    Olive oil
    Sprig of thyme

    1. Preheat the oven to 200C.

    2. Peel and slice the potato in half, using a vegetable peeler smooth round the edges of the potatoes to prevent them from burning during cooking, the potatoes should be an even,oval shape in order to cook evenly. Season with salt and pepper.

    3. Heat 100g of butter and olive oil in an oven-proof frying pan (or in an oven-proof tray) and once foaming add in the potatoes and colour on each side, this should take around 2-3 minutes. Once coloured add in the 200ml of chicken stock and spring of thyme, the liquid should come halfway up the potatoes, cook in the oven for 25-30mins.

    4. For the gratin,use 25g of butter to grease a souffle ramekin or line a chefs ring with cling film and foil (be very careful to seal it tight) slice the remaining potato's using a mandolin slicer and layer up the potatoes with a pinch of garlic and a pinch of salt on every layer of potatoes. Cover with the cream and place on a tray in the oven for 45 minutes to an hour. Test the potatoes are done by inserting a skewer into the centre of the gratin, if the skewer goes in without resistance then your gratin is cooked. Allow to set for 10 minutes.

    5. For the jus, add the madeira and chicken stock into a saucepan and reduce on a rapid heat for 10-15 minutes until the sauce coats the back of a spoon, whisk in the remaining butter to finish the sauce.

    6. For the mushrooms, leave to stand in boiling water for 30 minutes prior to use (if using dried) and heat the remaining butter in a pan until foaming, add the mushrooms, season and fry for 2-3 minutes.

    7. For the duck, season both sides of the breast and lay skin-side down in a frying pan on a low heat to extract the fat, once the fat has rendered (around 3-4 minutes) turn the heat up and seal the flesh side for no more than 30 seconds, place the pan in the oven (or transfer to a heated oven-proof tray) with the duck skin-side down, roast for 8 minutes for rare meat and 18 minutes for medium-well done. Rest for 4 minutes for rare and 6 minutes for medium-well done.

    8. To serve, slice the duck into thick slices, sit on a bed of mushrooms, release the gratin from the mould and place alongside the sliced duck, arrange the pomme fondant to the side of the duck and spoon over the jus. Serve and enjoy.
     
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  2. ishbel

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    That sounds nice - but instead of potatoes, 2 ways, I'd quite like to see some green veg on the plate/img/vbsmilies/smilies/biggrin.gif
     
  3. petalsandcoco

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    Nice dish Chris, enjoyed your technique, spot on.

    Petals.
     
  4. chrisd1

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    Alright fussy! /img/vbsmilies/smilies/biggrin.gif  You can play around with the dish to your own taste, shredded savoy cabbage braised in a little chicken stock would go down just as well

    Cheers for the feedback Petals - be sure to have a crack at it.
     
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  5. ishbel

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    'Fussy'?  Moi?

    All I'm saying.... 2 lots of tatties is too much carbohydrate for this celtic frame!  And I say 'fie' to your cabbage...   how about something like:  steamed shredded brussels, with almonds and butter? /img/vbsmilies/smilies/wink.gif
     
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    Sounds delicious! I look forward to the piccys/img/vbsmilies/smilies/thumb.gif
     
  7. ishbel

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    You obviously have not realised that I am one of the most tekkie-challenged people on the net!  There will be NO photies!
     
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    I see, embarassed are we?/img/vbsmilies/smilies/lol.gif  Just thought of another way around your potato problem, how about a chou-farci of confit duck wrapped in savoy cabbage leaf? Effectively giving you duck two-ways and you get your greens fix, oh just call me Nigella /img/vbsmilies/smilies/lol.gif
     
  9. fennel

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    Hi chris

      Maybe you should try Roasted breast and and confit leg of Gressinham duck with date puree,sweet potato cake and tapanade.
     
     
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    Sounds amazing that does, I was going to have a go at Gordon Ramsays Wood pigeon with date puree,balottined breast and creamed morels dish which runs along a similar line, gotta love game.
     
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      Put best quality of port to the date puree. it's give you an amazing flavor  winner  every time..
     
     
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    @ Chris D.

    Thank you for posting your duck recipe and the preparation techniques.

    Best Regards.

    Margcata.
     
    Last edited: Apr 18, 2012
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    It must tast delicious! But step 7 looks much complicated for me if I try by myself, although duck is my favorite.
     
  14. zoebisch

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    Rendering the fat from the breast is a good technique and worth the added (albeit minor imo) effort.  If you ever get a hold of Muscovy breast, it rarely needs this treatment because they are ridiculously lean...at least the ones I have raised are and this is true in general. 
     
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    Good! This step is a huge challenge for me. If there is rare need to render the fat from the breast, that would become much easier for me. However, if it would be more tasty, I would challenge this step.
     
  16. chefedb

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    Nice recipe, but why 2 potatoes?  Why not a vege timbale or another type gratin?