Recipe courtesy of Creative Entertainment Group

Magret Duck Breast

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  • Level: Advanced
  • Total: 1 hr 15 min
  • Prep: 45 min
  • Cook: 30 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients

Duck:

1 whole magret duck breast, trimmed of 90 percent of the fat

1 tablespoon garam masala

2 teaspoons five-spice powder

2 tablespoons salt

1 bunch red seedless grapes, removed from stems

2 cups zinfandel red wine

2 cups demi-glace

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Spaetzle:

1 pound all-purpose flour

11/2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon white pepper

1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

7 eggs

2 egg yolks

1/3 cup milk

3 tablespoons melted butter, plus more for sauteing

Directions

  1. For the duck:
  2. Score the top of the duck breast in a criss-cross pattern. Mix the garam masala, five spice powder, and salt in a bowl and liberally season the duck on both sides.
  3. Heat a saute pan on high heat. Char the grapes until they almost split open, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add the Zinfandel and reduce the juices into a syrup on medium heat, about 15 minutes. Add the demi-glace. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.
  4. In a large saute pan over medium high heat, cook the duck, fat side down, with no oil, until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Turn the breast over and brown again, about 5 minutes. The duck should be served rare to medium rare, but if you desire more cooking, bake it in a 350 degree F oven until desired doneness, for medium about 15 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and let rest for 5 minutes before slicing on the bias. Spoon sauce over the duck prior to service.
  6. For the Spaetzle:
  7. In an electric mixer, add the flour, salt, pepper and nutmeg. On slow speed, drop 1 egg at a time, until the mixture is smooth, then add the yolks. Add the milk and the melted butter. Let the mixture relax for at least a half an hour.
  8. Over boiling water, squeeze the batter through a spaetzle press, once it floats, spoon it out into a cold water bath to stop the cooking process. When ready to serve, saute in butter and season with more salt and pepper, if needed.