One of my friends recently told me that she is intimidated by Duck. I was a bit too at first and a Gordon Ramsay recipe helped me through my fears and I’m so glad because its really not as intimidating as it seems. Here are a few tips that might be helpful:
– You can freeze duck breasts but just make sure that they are thawed slowly and are completely defrosted before you cook them
– Score the duck breasts by using your sharpest knife and running it through the fatty skin, careful to not cut too far down to the the flesh
– don’t use olive oil in the pan. When the fat starts to render, a LOT comes out and you don’t need any additional fat!
– Normally meat should be added to a hot pan and sizzle the moment it goes in. Duck breast however, should be added to a cold pan and slowly brought up to temperature. This is because the breast skin is very fatty and needs time for the fat to run out into the pan, or render. If you added the breast to a hot pan it will seal in the fat.
– Once the fat has rendered for about 10 – 15 minutes, turn up the heat and fry for about 5 minutes . To make it beautifully crispy, you can weigh it down. Find a smaller lid of another pot and place it on top of the breasts and then weigh it down with a pestle and mortar bowl placed on top of that lid. I know it sounds crazy but it works like a bomb! If you don’t have a pestle and mortar, use your imagination and find anything else that could weigh down the lid.
– Turn the breast over and fry the other side for 1 – 2 minutes until cooked through.
Duck is pretty easy to cook. Try it once! You will wonder why you were worried about it 🙂