This is a part review, part recipe post! You see, a couple of days ago I went to the Good Food & Wine Show in Melbourne (scroll back a couple of entries and you'll see my full blog post on My Day at the Good Food and Wine Show!) and I bought a $50 sampler bag from Luv-A-Duck. Inside the cooler bag, there was a Peking Duck Pancake Kit, and packaged Duck Shanks, Duck Legs and Duck Breasts.
So last night, I decided to cook up a quick and simple dinner using the Duck Breast. I also thought I should make the accompaniments look and taste special and plate it up beautifully to enhance our "eating experience" lol:
To cook the duck, I melted a teaspoon of butter in a frying pan and cooked the duck (skin facing down) to get a crisp on it. Then, I transferred the duck breasts (skin facing up) onto an oven proof fish and popped it in the oven already preheated at 190C for about 7 minutes.
While the duck was cooking, I have already pre-diced 2 potatoes and half a small sweet potato and prepped some green beans. I use the same butter from the frying pan, maybe add another teaspoon or so, cooked the potatoes first for about 5 - 7 minutes before adding the green beans into the pan. The butter should be "frothing" up the potatoes and beans by now, so I add half a tablespoon of brown sugar to give the potatoes and beans a nice, glossy texture and a sweet buttery taste. Then it's time to serve up, starting with the veggies, followed by the duck.
You can serve the duck breast either as is, or slice them up for a different style of presentation as you can see above. To top things up, mix 1 tablespoon of Hoisin Sauce with 1 tablespoon of water so you get a more runny sauce to serve with the dish... and voila! This dish looks absolutely stunning and will not fail to impress.
Overall, if you're afraid to cook duck from scratch (or if you're like me and really only have 30 mins each night to cook except on weekends) then Luv-A-Duck offers an amazing variety of duck products readily available from supermarkets. This is the era of the DUCK!!