Seared Duck Breast with Pear and Balsamic Compote with Shallot Reduction

Total Time:
1 hr 5 min
35 min
30 min

2 servings

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup white wine
  • 1/2 cup dried red currants
  • 2 pears, diced small, skin on
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 (8-ounce) duck breast, seasoned with Essence
  • 1 cup shallot reduction (any dark stock can be used preferably duck stock)
  • Long chives, for garnish
  • Essence, for garnish
  • Shallot reduction:
  • 3 cups duck stock
  • 1 cup chopped shallots
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Essence (Emeril's Creole Seasoning):
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried leaf oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • In a sauce pot, dissolve the sugar in the white wine and simmer for 1 to 2 minutes. Add the dried red currents to plump them. In a separate bowl, toss the pears with the balsamic, add to the sauce pot and cook for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper. The mixture should be tender but the pear pieces should still be intact.

  • Score the skin of the skin of the duck breast in a diagonal pattern with a sharp knife. Heat a saute pan over medium high heat. Add the olive oil and heat. When the oil is hot, add the duck breast, skin side down and cook until the skin is golden brown and crispy, about 4 minutes. Turn the duck breast over and cook the other side for about 2 minutes, or until the duck is medium rare. Remove from the pan and let rest for 5 minutes before carving.

  • To assemble, slice the duck breast on the bias and place half of the compote in the center of the plate and fan the breast over the compote. Spoon the reduced sauce over the meat. Place 2 long chives over the compote making an X. Essence the rim of the plate.

Shallot reduction:
  • Combine stock and shallots in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and reduce to 1 cup, about 20 to 30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

  • Yield: 1 cup

Essence (Emeril's Creole Seasoning):
  • Combine all ingredients thoroughly and store in an airtight jar or container.

  • Yield: about 2/3 cup

  • Recipe from "New New Orleans Cooking", by Emeril Lagasse and Jessie Tirsch. Published by William and Morrow, 1993.

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