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Duck and Blackberry-Port Sauce with Yams

Source: Casual Cuisines of the World - Country Inn
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Active Time:  20 Minutes
Total Time:  45 Minutes
  Serves 4
One of the most intriguing aspects of country inn cuisine is the innovativeness of some preparations, such as this flavorful creation based on grilled duck breast. Any red meat duck breast -- either wild or farmed -- may be used in this recipe.
RECIPE INGREDIENTS
For Sauce:
1 cup blackberries
1 cup port wine
3 tablespoons sugar, plus sugar to taste
1 3-inch) cinnamon stick
2 fresh thyme sprigs
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
For Yam:
2 long yams, 12 oz each, peeled and julienned
2/3 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup grated pecorino romano cheese
1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
For Duck Breasts:
4 Muscovy hen duck breast halves
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
4 fresh cilantro sprigs
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DIRECTIONS
FOR SAUCE: In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the blackberries, port, sugar, cinnamon, thyme and red pepper flakes. The amount of sugar will depend on the sweetness of the berries. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium and simmer, uncovered, until the liquid is reduced by one-third and the berries are tender, about 25 minutes. Remove and discard the cinnamon stick and thyme sprigs. Transfer the contents of the pan to a blender and purée until smooth, about 35 seconds. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a small clean saucepan and set aside.


Prepare a fire in a charcoal grill using hardwood charcoal such as mesquite or hickory.


FOR YAM: Bring a large saucepan three-fourths full of water to a boil. Add the yams and cook until tender, 3-4 minutes. Drain, rinse under cold running water, and drain again.


FOR DUCK BREAST: Rub with the olive oil and season with the salt and pepper.


When the coals have burned down to a gray ash, place the duck breasts on the grill, skin side down. Grill, turning once, for 5-6 minutes on each side for medium-rare, or to desired doneness. Transfer to a warmed platter.


Meanwhile, reheat the blackberry-port sauce over low heat until it simmers; keep warm.


In a large frying pan over high heat, combine the yams, cream, cheese, green onions, salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the cream is reduced and coats the yams, 4-5 minutes.


TO SERVE: Using a sharp knife, cut the duck breasts across the grain into very thin slices. Arrange an equal number of the slices on individual plates, fanning them slightly. Divide the yam among the plates and top with the sauce. Garnish each serving with a cilantro sprig and serve immediately.


Recipe reprinted by permission of Weldon Owen. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   Serves 4
Calories: 776
Fat. Total: 31g
Fiber: 9g
Carbohydrates, Total: 70g
Sodium: 653mg
% Cal. from Fat: 36%
Cholesterol: 190mg
Protein: 39g
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