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Duck with Cranberry Mostaza

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.

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  • Servings: 4

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  • 3/4 cup dry red wine
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large bay leaf
  • 1 bag cranberries (12 ounces)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons dry mustard
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Two 12-ounce duck breasts
  • Vegetable oil
  • 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.

Contributed By Photo © Tina Rupp Published December 2005

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