It starts to feel like fall and if you are starving for something earthy , delicious that you can make in 15mns , here it is !
Duck breast with honey and cherry vinegar reduction over a creamy polenta …
Now days you can easily find duck breasts . I buy mines at Whole Foods . They don’t always have them out but they usually always have some in the back as these come in frozen . I like to have a pack in my freezer at all time so we are ready when ever the urge comes ! Each pack has 2 breasts . ( Note the proportions are for 4 breasts even though I only show 3 in the pictures ) Thaw the day before .
Your best 15mns cooking start now :
Take the breasts out of the package , pad dry , score the skin with a sharp knife and season well with salt and pepper .
Put the breasts skin down in the cold pan without any fat at all . Put on medium heat and let the fat melt and the skin crisp about 4-5 mns .
Turn and continue to cook on medium for an other 4-5 mns
Check the meat by pressing onto the meat . It should not be hard but spring back . If not cooked enough it will be very soft . You can turn it back one more time to get that skin well crispy if you think you need an extra minute to cook .
Put the breast in a platter to rest while you finish the sauce . Remove most of the fat witch you should keep to roast potatoes …it will take your week day potatoes to the next level !
In the good drippings that are left in the pan , ad 2 tbs of cherry vinegar and 2 tbs of clover honey .
Give it a quick boil so the honey start to bubble and the sauce thicken . Do not over cook the sauce or the honey will transform into caramel and make a sticky sauce .
Cut the breasts in thick slices , display immediately on the plates and serve the creamy polenta . Pour the sauce around ( not over the skin to keep it crispy )
There are plenty of polenta to choose from . I order this organic from from Vitacost as I now cannot find it in our local stores . I cooks in 2 mns and is really delicious . I just put more liquid to keep it creamy and use soy milk instead of water or gravy .