My F&W
quick save (...)
Duck with Cranberry Mostaza
© Tina Rupp

Duck with Cranberry Mostaza

  • FAST

Andy Nusser's secret for cooking duck is to slowly sear it over low heat, which crisps the skin while keeping the meat tender. He likes duck best with a sweet-tart sauce like this cranberry mostaza (mustard) with a hint of red wine vinegar.

  1. 3/4 cup dry red wine
  2. 3/4 cup sugar
  3. 1 large bay leaf
  4. 1 bag cranberries (12 ounces)
  5. 1 1/2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  6. 1 1/2 tablespoons dry mustard
  7. Salt and freshly ground pepper
  8. Two 12-ounce duck breasts
  9. Vegetable oil
  10. 2 large endives, quartered lengthwise
  1. In a large saucepan, combine the wine, sugar and bay leaf and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Boil until syrupy, about 9 minutes. Add the cranberries and cook until they begin to break down, about 5 minutes. In a small bowl, whisk the vinegar with the mustard, then whisk the mixture into the cranberries. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Meanwhile, heat a large, heavy skillet until very hot. Lightly rub the duck skin with vegetable oil and add the breasts to the skillet, skin side down. Cook over moderately low heat until the skin is golden and crisp, about 15 minutes. As the fat renders, spoon it into a heatproof bowl. Season the duck breasts with salt and pepper, turn them and cook over moderately low heat until browned on the bottom, about 8 minutes. Transfer the duck to a plate and keep warm.
  3. Add 2 tablespoons of the reserved duck fat to the skillet and heat until shimmering. Add the quartered endives, season with salt and pepper and cook over moderately high heat, turning occasionally, until softened and golden, about 6 minutes. Slice the duck breasts and transfer to plates. Serve the duck with the quartered endives and cranberry mostaza.

Suggested Pairing

Juicy, richly fruity Tempranillo.



Average Rating



Add A Comment

    Add a Comment

    See our terms
    You must be logged in to comment. or
    You might also like
    The Dish
    Receive delicious recipes and smart wine advice 4x per week in this e-newsletter.
    The Wine List Weekly pairing plus best bottles to buy.
    F&W Daily One sensational dish served fresh every day.

    Tune in on Wednesdays at 10PM ET for Top Chef: Boston, the 12th season of Bravo's Emmy-Award winning, hit reality series.

    Join celebrity chefs, renowned winemakers and epicurean insiders at the culinary world's most spectacular weekend, the FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen, June 19-21.