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Seared duck breast with figs, honey lavender drizzle

  • Preparation : 30 minutes
  • Cooking : 10 minutes
  • Portions : 20
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Ingredients

  • 2 (250-300g) Brome Lake duck breasts
  • 10 fresh or dried (rehydrated in hot water) figs, cut lengthways in half
  • ½ sprig fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1.5 radicchio Trevisano (looks like red endive) thinly sliced
  • 1.5 endives leaves separated, thinly sliced
  • 90g (¼ cup) honey
  • 2 tbsp. Le Rubicond (Vinaigre Baumier au Pommes) or Red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Brome Lake rendered duck fat or Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Dried lavender to taste (optional)
  • Fleur de sel as needed
  • *Micro herbs to decorate if desired

Preparation

  1. For honey and lavender sauce: bring honey to the boil in a small saucepan over high heat and cook until caramelised (7-8 minutes). Remove from heat. Carefully stir in vinegar and rendered duck fat or oil. Add lavender, season to taste and set aside.

  2. Remove the duck breasts from the refrigerator 10-15 minutes before cooking. Dry with paper towels. Using a very sharp knife, cut incisions through the skin in a crosswise pattern every 2 cm (3/4 in), without cutting into the meat. Set aside. Preheat oven to 200 °C (400°F). Sear duck over medium-heat, skin-side down, until golden and crisp (7-8 minutes). Drain fat as it accumulates. Turn and cook in oven until medium.. Transfer to a warm plate, cover loosely with foil and let rest for 5 minutes.

  3. Season figs with salt, rosemary and a little duck fat. Grill figs under hot grill, cut-side down, until golden (1-2 minutes), then transfer to a serving platter. Top each with a little radicchio and endive. Slice duck breasts and arrange on figs. Drizzle each lightly with honey and lavender drizzle and serve immediately. Finish with a little fleur de sel and micro herbs if desired.

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