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Mazzio's Smoked Duck with Tangerine-Rosemary Salad

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Active Time:  15 Minutes
Total Time:  12 Hours 40 Minutes
  Serves 4
James Mazzio's sugar-and-tea mixture adds a wonderful fragrance to the duck; allow a day for marinating. If you want to save time, buy smoked duck breasts at your local specialty food shop.
For Smoked Duck:
1 cup fresh tangerine or orange juice
5 tablespoons light brown sugar
2 tablespoons unsulphured molasses
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon coarsely chopped rosemary
Zest of 2 tangerines or oranges, cut into very thin strips
1/4 teaspoon each freshly ground white pepper, black pepper
Four 5 to 6 ounce boneless duck breasts, with skin
1/2 cup long grain white rice
1/4 cup loose black tea, such as Ceylon
Tangerine Salad:
1/2 cup fresh tangerine or orange juice
1/2 small shallot, finely chopped
2 tablespoons champagne vinegar
2 teaspoons honey
1/2 teaspoon minced rosemary
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 large tangerines or oranges
4 cups (packed) mixed tender greens, such as Boston lettuce and mache
Mazzio's Smoked Duck with Tangerine-Rosemary Salad Recipe at
FOR SMOKED DUCK: In a shallow glass or ceramic baking dish, combine the tangerine juice with 3 tablespoons of brown sugar, the molasses, kosher salt, rosemary, tangerine zest and white and black peppers. Add the duck breasts and turn to coat. Cover and refrigerate overnight, turning occasionally.

Line a wok and its lid with heavy-duty foil, allowing a 6-inch overhang around both the wok and lid. Add the rice, tea and the remaining 2 tablespoons of brown sugar to the wok and stir to mix. Set the wok over moderate heat and cook until wisps of smoke rise up from the smoking mixture.

Pat the duck breasts dry with paper towels and arrange them on a 9-inch round cake rack. Carefully, set the rack in the wok over the smoking mixture. Cover with the lid and crimp the foil tightly all around. Smoke the duck breasts over moderate heat for about 18 minutes, or until the meat is medium rare. Transfer the duck to a cutting board and let rest for 5 minutes. Serve with salad.

MAKE AHEAD: The smoked duck can be refrigerated overnight.

WINE RECOMMENDATION: Meaty duck breasts need a concentrated red; for this recipe, the wine also must have enough acerbic tannins to check the sweet notes of the molasses marinade. That's a Bordeaux. Choose a vigorous example, such as a 1995 Saint Estephe, particularly the Chateau Meyney or the Chateau les Ormes de Pez.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Food and Wine. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   Serves 4
Calories: 624
Fat. Total: 28g
Fiber: 4g
Carbohydrates, Total: 62g
Sodium: 1520mg
% Cal. from Fat: 40%
Cholesterol: 109mg
Protein: 32g
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