I just don’t think a duck should taste like apple pie. This recipe calls for reducing fresh apple cider, which if you can get in season, go for it. This sauce is also great on grilled duck halves. Just combine the sauce ingredients in a sauce pan and reduce liquid down to about 1/2 cup and drizzle sauce over cooked duck.

 

Pan-Seared Duck Breasts with Apple Cider Sauce

Ingredients

  • 4 – 6 large duck breast halves skin on or off
  • 3 Tbls olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp coarse ground black pepper
  • 3 Tbls Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 1 Tbls lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup dry sherry
  • 3 Tbls chilled butter
  • 1/4 cup green onions shredded
  • 1 firm tart apple cut into matchsticks

Instructions

  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Season duck with salt, garlic powder and pepper. Add duck to pan (skin side down first, if intact). Flip duck over and brown on other side, but not past rare. Drizzle Worcestershire sauce over duck. Remove duck when rare to medium-rare and keep warm. Add cider, lemon juice and sherry to pan and reduce liquid to about 1/4 cup. Remove pan from heat and whisk in butter until emulsified. Slice duck, arrange on plates, spoon sauce over and top with onions and apple.

Notes

This sauce is also great on grilled duck halves. Just combine the sauce ingredients in a sauce pan and reduce liquid down to about 1/2 cup and drizzle sauce over cooked duck.

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