Hazelnut-Crusted Duck Breast with Sun-Dried Cherry Sauce

Entree, Winner 1999 MLF Recipe Contest, Chef Ron Hall

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Prep Time {50 min}

Cook Time {40 min}

Serving Size {6 servings}

Ingredients


Sun-Dried Cherry Sauce:


1 Cup Dried Sweet Cherries


As Needed Hot Water


1 1/2 Cups Red Wine


1 Cup Honey


1/4 Cup Orange Juice


1/2 Cup Sugar


1 Each Cinnamon Stick, broken in half


Hazelnut Crust:


1 Cup Hazelnuts, Toasted, finely chopped


1 Cup Fresh Bread Crumbs


1/2 Cup Parsley, chopped


1 Each Shallot, minced


2 Tablespoons Rosemary, chopped


2 Each Large Eggs, beaten


2 Tablespoons Milk


6 - 8oz Each Maple Leaf Farms Boneless, Skinless Duck Breast


As Needed Salt, Black Pepper


4 Tablespoons Butter


2 Tablespoons Olive Oil


Pan-Fried Vegetables:


1 Tablespoon Olive Oil


1 Tablespoon Garlic, chopped


12 Ounces Snow Peas, cleaned


2 Cups Red Bell Peppers, julienne


As Needed Salt, Black Pepper


Garnish:


6 Each Lemon Peel

Directions

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Sun-Dried Cherry Sauce: Soak cherries in water 10 minutes, drain. Reserve cherries. Combine red wine, honey, orange juice, sugar and cinnamon stick in saucepan. Over medium-high heat, reduce to 1 1/2 cups. Discard cinnamon; add reserved cherries. Keep warm.


Hazelnut Crust and Duck: Combine first 5 ingredients in shallow pan. Combine eggs and milk in separate pan. Season duck with salt and pepper. Dip duck into egg mixture, then hazelnut breading; coat thoroughly.


At service, heat butter and oil together. Add duck; pan-fry both sides. Finish cooking in 350°F oven to an internal temperature of 152°F to 155°F. Resting should bring internal temperature to an ideal 160°F. Slice each breast into 6 slices. Serve hot.


Pan-Fried Vegetables: Saute garlic in hot oil. Add snow peas and peppers; heat until tender- crisp. Season with salt and pepper.


To Serve: Place prepared seasonal vegetables on one side of plate. Cover other side of plate with 2 ounces cherry sauce. Place duck on sauce. Garnish plate with curled lemon peel.




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Anonymous

Although complex...sooooo worth it in the end. This is my holiday special now!