1 pound boneless duck breast halves, thawed and skinned
1 tablespoon pink peppercorns, crushed
1 teaspoon coriander seeds, crushed
3/4 teaspoon salt
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons olive oil, divided
2 cups ruby port
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup sherry vinegar
1 tablespoon half-and-half
2 teaspoons butter
Chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley (optional)
How to Make It
To prepare duck, place breast halves between 2 sheets of heavy-duty plastic wrap; pound each piece to 1/4-inch thickness with a meat mallet or small heavy skillet.
Combine peppercorns, coriander seeds, salt, and garlic. Rub peppercorn mixture evenly over both sides of duck; let stand 15 minutes.
Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add half of duck; cook for 1 minute on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Remove duck from pan; keep warm. Repeat procedure with remaining 1 teaspoon oil and remaining duck.
To prepare sauce, combine port, sugar, and vinegar in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat; cook until reduced to 1/2 cup (about 10 minutes). Remove from heat. Add half-and-half and butter; stir until butter melts. Cut duck breasts crosswise into thin slices. Drizzle with sauce and sprinkle with parsley, if desired.
Excellent, recipe and I will definitely make it again. The flavors are excellent together and it really complemented the flavor of the duck. The one thing I may do differently is go lighter on the pepper or not rub it in so much. I liked the flavor but others did not care for the amount of heat/spice it added.
This is a fantastic dish. I've made it twice now and will definitely do so again. It is impressive and sophisticated and would work for a special occasion. The sauce is so good, you'll find yourself licking the plate. The only problem is that the cooking times are terribly optimistic--it took closer to 20 minutes for me for the sauce to reduce, and longer for the duck, too. I served it with brown rice, a green salad, and sweet potatoes.
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