Grilled Duck Breasts and Endives with Rosemary-Juniper Oil
- SERVINGS: 6
The endives are grilled first over a relatively low fire, so if you're grilling over charcoal, keep a chimney starter filled with hot coals for raising the temperature to moderately hot for the duck.
- 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing
- 1 tablespoon minced rosemary
- 1 tablespoon crushed juniper berries
- 6 Belgian endives, quartered lengthwise
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- Six 1/2-pound boneless duck breasts, with skin
- In a small saucepan, combine the 1/2 cup olive oil with the rosemary and juniper berries. Simmer over low heat for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat, cover and let stand for at least 20 minutes.
- Light a grill. Brush the endives with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill over a low fire, turning, for about 20 minutes, or until the endives are almost tender. Transfer the endives to a platter and cover loosely with foil.
- Season the duck breasts with salt and pepper and grill, skin side down, over a moderately hot fire for 4 minutes. Turn the duck breasts and grill for 3 minutes longer for medium rare. Transfer the duck to a carving board to rest for about 5 minutes. Slice the duck breasts crosswise 1/2 inch thick and arrange the slices on a large warmed platter. Return the endives to the grill briefly to reheat, then add to the platter. Drizzle the duck with the rosemary-juniper oil and serve.
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