Pan Roasted Duck Breast and Confit Leg with Champ Spring Roll, Foie Gras and Orange Mead Sauce
- Spring Rolls:
- Canola or vegetable oil, for frying
- 1 pound russet potatoes, peeled
- 1/2 cup cream
- 1 cup chopped scallions
- 1 tablespoon butter
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 4 spring roll wrappers
- 1 egg, beaten
- 2 legs prepared duck confit
- 2 boneless duck breasts
- Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
- 2 cloves garlic
- 2 shallots, minced
- 1 ounce foie gras, diced
- 2 ounces mead
- Juice of 1 orange
- 3 ounces duck stock or veal stock
- 1/2 tablespoon butter, chilled
- 1/2 tablespoon sliced scallions
In a deep saucepan, heat several inches of oil to 350 degrees F.
Cook potatoes in salted water until tender. Drain cooked potatoes and return to pot and allow to dry over low heat.
Mash or rice the potatoes and add the butter, salt, and pepper, to taste. Add cream scallion mixture and mix until smooth. Potato mixture should be a vivid green color. Allow to cool, then roll into 2 logs. Brush egg on a spring roll wrapper and place another wrapper on top. Place potato log on the bottom side, fold sides in and roll up. Repeat for the second spring roll. Fry until golden brown, about 3 to 4 minutes.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Put confit legs, skin side up, on a baking sheet and cook until skin is crisp and meat is heated through, about 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, season duck breast with salt and pepper. In a medium skillet over medium heat, place duck breast skin side down. Cook until fat is rendered and skin is crisp, about 5 minutes. Add garlic cloves to the pan and place in the oven for 2 to 3 minutes, baste breast with rendered duck fat and flip, cook for 3 more minutes or to desired doneness. Remove garlic and duck breasts and place on warm plate. Pour out excess duck fat, and add shallots to the skillet, cook just to sear foie gras (just a few seconds). Remove and place on a warm plate. Add the mead and orange juice and boil until reduced to 1 tablespoon. Add stock, seared foie gras, butter and scallions to the pan, remove from heat and stir until butter melts.
To assemble the dish, cut spring roll on a bias in the middle, slice off ends and place on the plate upright. Place duck confit on the plate and slice the duck breast, fanning it out on the plate. Spoon sauce on the duck breast, leg and plate.
Recipe courtesy Chef Matthew Geraghty and Tir na nOg Bar and Grill