Living in the land of foie gras we have duck breast readily available (they have to do
something with the rest of the duck, after all!).
We prefer it to steak (beef) and eat it
medium rare. It has about 1/3 inch of fat on one side which delights the pyromaniac in mon mari – cooking it on the barbecue sends flames shooting up about 3 feet.
When we lived in Andorra we had a very small terrace, kind of tucked into the mountain, where we had the grills. There were overhanging bushes and trees. I was certain we were going to burn down the whole damn mountain but we persevered – and remain unscathed. I have lost an oven mitt, though.
There is rarely a need to trim it as the fat mostly burns off (as you can see – it’s hard to get good pictures of flaming duck breasts!).
Grilled Duck Breast (Magret de Canard)
1 magret de canard (duck breast)
1 tbs Balsamic vinegar
1 tsp thyme
1 tsp garlic powder
Cross-hatch fat on duck cutting through skin and fat just to meat of breast. Mix vinegar, thyme and garlic and rub into cuts. Set aside until ready to cook. When ready, cook duck breast on barbecue starting fat side down for 5 minutes. Make certain barbecue is away from dried weeds, dried wood and low trees. With long tongs turn breast over (mind your eyebrows) and continue cooking another 5 minutes. If there is any fat left on fat side put fat side down for a minute to burn off. Cook 2 minutes longer each side for medium. For well-done…don’t do that. Remove from heat and take a peak (stick knife in center and make a cut). If done to your liking let rest a minute. When ready, cut in slices about 1/2″ (1.25cm) thick and serve.
In case you’re wondering what they do with the rest of the duck, after the foie gras and Magret de Canard: the legs and thighs are used in duck confit, also wonderful and one of the key meats for cassoulet.
I don’t want to know what they do with the beaks, feet and wings but, knowing the French, nothing is wasted….but the quack. (oooh, that was sad!)
If I can get back on a computer, tidbits about my trip on Wed. No photos though, these were all done before I left…
Now, I’m off to participate in the ever-popular and all consuming American sport of shopping! Maybe, lunch first….I’ll need my strength.