Ffwd: Duck breast with fresh peaches

Duck with Frresh Peaches
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 Greenspans 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.

fresh peaches

  • 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. 

Duck with grilled peaches

Adapted from Dorie Greenspans Around My French Table.



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Pan Fried Steaks with a spicey coffee rub

Pan Fried Steaks with a spicey coffee rub
He loves steak.  In fact I would say he is passionate about his steak.  So when it's time to cook, that's his domain.  I am relegated to the vegetables. 
In warmer weather it's the grill, when the temps turn arctic it's the frying pan.  Before he became my Chef de Cuisine I would have turned my nose down at any steak to come out of a skillet.  Now I know better.  A couple weekends ago my salt and pepper, meat and potatoes man decided to spice things up.  He had been leafing through a cook book I had left on the coffee table.  For obvious reasons The Great Steak Book had caught his eye.  Adapted from Grady Spears', "Cowboy Coffee Pan Blend" this is what my favorite pardner came up with.
Pan Fried Steaks with a spicey coffee rub

2, 6-8 oz filet mignon, lamb or skirt steaks
1/2 tsp Sea Salt
1/4 tsp Coarse ground black pepper
1 tbsp Worcester sauce
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup ground coffee
1 tsp Coffee & Chocolate Spice
2 tbsp vegetable oil

Pan Fried Steaks with a spicey coffee rub

Rub each steak with salt and pepper.  Drizzle worcester sauce over steaks. Let sit refrigerated for at least 1 hour.  Mix coffee, brown sugar, Jamaican Jerk Seasoning  and Coffee & Chocolate Spice on a gallon freezer bag.  Add steaks and toss and turn to coat evenly.

Pan Fried Steaks with a spicey coffee rub

In a large heavy skillet over medium heat, fry steaks for 2 min on each side.  Flip and fry steaks for a second time, 3 min on each side.  Remove pan from heat and cover with tin foil. Allow to sit for 10 minutes before serving. 

Best with beans, fabulous with fries, magical with malbec, beautiful with Belgian style wheat beer. Works well with a wrangler too.

My favorite cowboy
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Photo Credit: Julie T Cecchini