The first time I had duck was in a tiny hamlet outside of Exeter in Devon, England. I think the village was called Tiverton, the name of the restaurant escapes me. Two things I am sure of are that I was in the splendid company of David Palmer and the duck was to die for. Rich and meaty, flavorful and filling. Since then I have had duck prepared in a number of ways, none as special as Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table. The combination of garlic, herbs, port and honey play as the perfect backdrop for Duck and local peaches. On the grill its even better. This is my adaption.
- 2lb duck breast
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
- 1tbsp Herbs de Provence
- 3 garlic cloves, lightly smashed, not peeled
- 1 tsp honey
- 1/4 cup ruby port
- 1 tsp Coconut Oil
- 4 ripe but still firm peaches, peeled, halved, and pits removed
Score the fatty side of the duck breast and rub with salt, pepper and herbs. Place in a shallow bowl with garlic, honey and port. Add peach halves. Allow to marinate for at least 2 hours. Heat grill. Rub grates with coconut oil and place peach halves on the grates. Place the duck, meat side down and grill for 5 minutes. Turn over and finish for 2-3 minutes. Let rest 5 minutes before slicing. Internal temperature of the duck breast should be 165 degrees F.
Adapted from Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table.
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