Duck Breast with Apples and Potato Goulash: Petto d'Anitra al Aceto di Mele

Total Time:
40 min
20 min
20 min

4 servings

  • 2 1/4 pounds duck breasts
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 Empire apples, peeled, cored and cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 10 to 15 pink peppercorns
  • Potato Goulash, recipe follows
  • Potato Goulash:
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion, sliced into 1/4-inch rings
  • 2 pounds small waxy potatoes, cut into quarters
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • Season the duck breasts with salt and pepper.

  • In a large, heavy-bottomed skillet, heat the butter over high heat until it foams and subsides. Add the seasoned duck breasts and cook for 1 minute on each side. After 1 minute of cooking on the second side, add the apples and cook for an additional 4 minutes.

  • Add the vinegar and swirl the pan to mix the vinegar with the duck fat and butter. Add the peppercorns and cook for another 2 minutes, adding more vinegar, if necessary, to keep the pan from getting to dry.

  • Slice the breasts on a severe bias and serve with Potato Goulash.

Potato Goulash:
  • In a large, heavy-bottomed skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat until hot but not smoking. Add the onions and reduce the heat to low. Cook the onions over low heat for 30 minutes, so that the onions are very soft and caramelized.

  • Add the potatoes and most of the paprika. Stir well to combine and season well with salt and pepper. Add enough water to the pot to just cover the potatoes and stir in the tomato paste. Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, until the liquid has reduced by half. Stir in the remaining paprika and serve immediately.

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