On Sunday I'll be cooking Chef John's Duck Breast a l' Orange (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15ua-qSqHMg) for my family.
Since each breast is big enough for a good meal, I was thinking to toast some bread and spread some butter with garlic over it and/or offer mango bites as a side which, I have no idea how to prepare them yet. However, I'd like to know what would you use as a side.
Also, I was thinking to document the steps and take pictures to show /ck/.
Caring to share your ideas?
tl;dr need idea to side with duck
>mango bites as a side
Sounds like a terrible idea.
>thinking to document the steps and take pictures to show /ck/
Always a good idea.
If you're making a classic dish for the first time why not make some of the sides it might traditionally be served with, such as tourne potatoes cooked in butter with parsley, salt and pepper, and maybe candied carrots. Keep it simple.
I'll consider the potatoes as a side since that's for sure it will be a hit.
The idea came exploring The Flavor Bible (ISBN-13: 9780316118408) as it said mango is compatible with duck but it didn't say anything about the orange so that might be a reason to keep it experimental and taste it aside of the official lunch.
I'll check it out, thanks.
I don't think I can get duck fat that easily. I even had to preorder the breasts to my local poultry butcher.
Also, picture of one of the pieces.
Make sure you cook it long enough on the skin side to render all that fat. You don't want to treat it like a steak, so don't cook it on high heat. The skin side can take longer cooking times because all that fat insulates the actual breast.
Also next time you should consider getting whole duck. Each part of the duck can be used and it's really fun to make each part. Duck pate, duck risotto, duck confit, and also whatever you want to do with the breast.
I've never cooked duck before so I'll see how it turns! As I said early, I'll take pictures and show it here. You'll be welcome to attend the new thread!
Thanks for your suggestions and tips.
Score, start with cold pan -> mid hi, and keep taking the melted grease away because too much of it will make your duck burn. Like that you can use the grease straight to cook the potatoes in another pan so they will be ready around the same time (slice thin enough).
Proper canard à l'orange is more difficult than you'd expect, so for the first time maybe just pair it with peaches or something else more straightforward.
If this guy is referring that you should put grease on the pan while preparing the breast, you shouldn't.