Pan Roasted Muscovy Duck Breast with a Clementine - Tomatillo Sauce Served with Wild Rice Risotto

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 3 hr
  • Prep: 1 hr 30 min
  • Cook: 1 hr 30 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients

Pan Roasted Duck Breast:

1 Muscovy whole duck breast, approximately 2 pounds

Salt and freshly ground pepper

Clementine and Tomatillo Sauce, recipe follows

Wild Rice Risotto, recipe follows

Clementine and Tomatillo Sauce:

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

1 cup rice wine vinegar

3 cups tangerine juice

3 cups orange juice

4 whole black peppercorns

1/4 cup water

6 cups chicken stock reduced to 2 cups

2 clementines, quartered and sliced 1/4-inch thick

2 tomatillos, quartered and sliced 1/4-inch thick

2 tablespoons ancho chile powder

1 tablespoon freshly grated horseradish

Salt and freshly ground pepper

Wild Rice Risotto:

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 medium onion, finely chopped

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

2 cups arborio rice

6 to 8 cups chicken stock

1 cup wild rice, cooked

2 tablespoons fresh thyme butter, procedure follows

1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Salt and freshly ground pepper

Directions

Pan Roasted Duck Breast:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Heat a medium oven-proof saute pan over high heat until almost smoking. Season the duck with salt and pepper to taste. Place the breast skin-side down in the pan and cook until golden brown and drain the rendered fat. Turn the breast over, place in the oven and continue cooking to medium doneness, about 12 to 15 minutes.
  2. Serve the duck with the Clementine and Tomatillo Sauce and the Wild Rice Risotto.

Clementine and Tomatillo Sauce:

  1. Place 1 cup of the sugar and the rice wine vinegar in a medium saucepan over medium high heat and cook until the sugar has melted and the mixture reduces becomes a light caramel color.
  2. Raise the heat to high and add the orange and tangerine juice and the black peppercorns and cook until reduced to 2 cups. In a small saucepan add the remaining 1/2 cup of sugar and 1/4 cup water and cook until the sugar has melted and mixture is slightly thick. Add the clementines to the sugar-water mixture and cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Add the tomatillos and toss to coat. Stir in the reduced chicken stock and heat through.
  3. Add in the sugar-rice wine vinegar mixture.
  4. Whisk the ancho chile powder and horseradish into the sauce until smooth. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Wild Rice Risotto:

  1. Heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic and cook until soft. Add the arborio rice and cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Begin adding the stock. During the last 2 minutes of cooking add the cooked wild rice. Finish with the thyme butter and Parmesan cheese and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  2. *Fresh thyme butter. Combine 2 sticks of slightly softened butter and 2 tablespoons of fresh thyme leaves in a food processor and process until smooth. Season with salt to taste.
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