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Magret - Breast of Duck

2 Magrets (1 lb. each) 2 T. Demi-Glace
1 shallot, finely chopped Salt & Pepper to taste
1 c. red wine  

1. Score the skin of the Magret with a knife, making the squares as small as possible without cutting into the meat.

2. Season with salt & pepper on both sides.

3. Place in a hot skillet skin side down over high heat. Cook for 8 minutes, while continuously draining off the rendered fat.

4. Flip over and lower heat to medium; cook for 4 minutes.

5. Cover Magret with foil to keep warm and set aside. Drain fat from pan, leaving one T. of fat in the pan. Saute shallots in the duck fat until they are translucent. Add wine and reduce by half.

6. Add Demi-Glace & reduce by half. Season with salt & pepper.

7. Slice Magret in 1/2" slices. Lay slices on warm platters in a fan.

8. Spoon sauce over Magret slices & serve with green beans and scalloped potatoes.

Variations:

Fruits: At step 6 add your favorite fresh berries, grapes or chopped fuits (apples, pears, etc.)

Herbs/Peppercorns: At step 6 add a few Tablespoons of your favorite fresh herbs finely chopped or peppercorns.

Truffle: At step 6 whisk in 2 T. Truffle Butter.

Recipe courtesy of D'Artagnan

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