Baked Duck Breast with Champagne Pear Sauce

Baked duck breast with champagne pear sauce

Create a light, airy dish with this sauce made from champagne, pears, mint, orange juice and lime juice.

Ingredients

  • 1

    4 oz. Unsalted Butter, softened

  • 2

    1/4 cup Chopped Fresh Mint

  • 3

    2 tsp. Lime Juice

  • 4

    To Taste Salt and Pepper

  • 5

    2 (7.5 oz.) Maple Leaf Farms Boneless Duck Breasts

  • 6

    2/3 cup Pear Puree, from canned pears in heavy syrup

  • 7

    1/4 tsp. Lime Zest

  • 8

    1/2 tsp. Orange Zest

  • 9

    2 sprigs Fresh Mint

  • 10

    1/2 tsp. Unsalted Butter

  • 11

    1 Tbsp. Fresh Orange Juice

  • 12

    1/4 tsp. Lime Juice

  • 13

    2 tsp. Champagne

Directions

Duck:

  • 1

    Blend butter, mint, lime juice, salt and pepper thoroughly to make compound butter. Set aside.

  • 2

    Butterfly each duck breast and pound flat with the flat side of a meat mallet. Lay each flattened breast skin-side down. Divide butter mixture in half and spread evenly over each breast. Roll each breast jelly roll style. Truss to hold shape.

  • 3

    Sear at high heat to brown. Then transfer to 375 degree F oven. Roast until internal temperature reaches 155 degrees F. Let rest 5 minutes.

  • 4

    Slice in 1/4-inch thickness "rolls" and keep warm for plating.

Sauce:

  • 1

    Heat pear puree, zests and mint in saucepan, reducing to desired thickness.

  • 2

    Remove from heat. Swirl in butter, juices and champagne. Remove mint. Do not boil after adding butter. STRAIN. If desired, stir in duck drippings for additional flavor while heating puree.

To serve, plate duck breast rolls with sauce.

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Prep Time: 32 min
Cook Time: 35 min
Ready Time: 1 Hour 7 Minutes
Servings: 2 servings