(Since 1999)

RECIPE SECTION - Over 10,000 Recipes


Home   |   Articles   |   Food_Trivia   |   Today_in_Food_History   |   Food_Timeline   |   RECIPES   |   Cooking_Tips   |   Videos   |   Food_Quotes   |   Who’s_Who   |   Culinary_Schools_&_Tours   |   Food_Trivia_Quizzes   |   Food_Poems   |   Free Magazines   |   Food_Festivals_&_Shows

You are here > Home > Recipes

Chicken, Turkey, Duck, etcDuck Recipes >  Duck Breast with Cherries


FREE Magazines
and other Publications

An extensive selection of free food, beverage & agricultural magazines, e-books, etc.


Recipe Videos, BBQ & Grilling, Food Safety, Food Science, Food Festivals, Beverages, Vintage Commercials, etc.


Magret de Canard aux Cerises

Thanks to the popularity of foie gras, we have magret—the robust breast meat of a fattened duck (the legs go for Confit). Magret has become an up-market steak, particularly in southwestern France, and in the pan behaves very much the same way. When pleasantly pink, the meat is rich and juicy, but be warned that overcooked magret tastes, and cuts, like shoe leather. I like it best with a sauce of seasonal fruit, starting with springtime cherries, moving through apricots, tart berries such as blackcurrants, to apples, figs, and winter dried fruits. All of them can be substituted for cherries in this recipe. An appropriate wine would be a fruity Merlot or Gamay. In general, a magret serves one person, but a very large one can sometimes be enough for two.
Serves 2 to 3


    • 2 duck magrets (about 12 oz/330 grams total)
    • Salt and pepper
    • Arugula salad leaves, for serving

    Cherry Sauce
    • 8 ounces/225 grams cherries, pitted
    • 1 cup/250 milliliters/8 fluid ounces fruity red wine
    • 2 tablespoons red currant or raspberry jelly
    • 1/3 cup/75 milliliters/2½ fluid ounces red wine vinegar
    • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
    • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
    • 3 tablespoons/45 grams/1½ ounces cold butter, cut in cubes

Put the cherries in a small saucepan with the wine and red currant jelly and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the cherries are just tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Set the pan aside. Trim excess fat from the magrets, then crosshatch the skin, cutting down almost to the meat so fat can escape; sprinkle them with salt and pepper.

Heat a heavy-based, dry frying pan over medium heat, add the magrets skin side down, and fry until the skin is very brown and crisp, 5 to 7 minutes or longer if necessary, to extract as much fat as possible. Turn and brown the other side, 2 to 3 minutes. Test a magret by poking the center with the point of a knife to see the color of the meat; if it is too rare for your taste, continue cooking 1 to 2 minutes, but remember it will be very tough if overcooked. When done, set the magrets aside on a chopping board, skin side up. Cover them loosely with aluminum foil to keep warm.

Discard excess fat from the pan, add the vinegar, and boil until reduced to about a tablespoon, stirring to dissolve pan juices. Whisk in the garlic and tomato paste. Drain in the wine, keeping back the cherries. Boil until the wine is slightly syrupy and reduced by more than half, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the cherries and heat them gently. Take the pan from the heat and stir in the cold butter, piece by piece. Taste, adjust seasoning of the sauce, and set it aside. Carve the magrets on the diagonal in thin slices. (You can discard the crisp skin if you must, but what a pity!) Pile a mound of arugula leaves at the side of two serving plates. Arrange the duck slices overlapping on the plates, add the cherries, and spoon the sauce on top. Serve at once.

Recipe from THE COUNTRY COOKING OF FRANCE by Anne Willan, photography by France Ruffenach (Chronicle Books; October 2007; hardcover/$50.00)


  Duck Recipes   |   Apricot Brandied Duckling   |   Braised Duck with Ginger   |   Braised Duckling with Olives   |   Breast Agrodolce   |   Canton Duck   |   Colonial Duckling w/Fruited Rice   |   Crisp Roast Duck, Port Wine   |   Duck with Apple Walnut Stuffing   |   Duck with Anchovies & Capers   |   Duck Breast with Cherries   |   Duck Breasts with Mango   |   Duck Breasts w/Orange Cherry   |   Duck Breasts with Spring Veges   |   Duck with Cherry Rice Stuffing   |   Duck Cooked In Beer   |   Duck with Clementine Compote   |   Duck with Figs & Grand Marnier   |   Duck with Green Peppercorns   |   Duck with Sauerkraut   |   A Duck In Thyme   |   Duck Vindaloo   |   Five Spice Duck   |   Grilled Chipotle Duck Breasts   |   Grilled Duck Breast with Wild Rice   |   Grilled Lemongrass Duck   |   Honey Thyme Duck Breasts   |   Honeyed Duck Breasts   |   Honey Duck, Cherry Salsa   |   Horseradish Stuffed Duck Breast   |   Marinated Duck Breasts   |   Peking Duck, Orange & Scallion   |   Pomegranate Duck   |   Roast Duckling w/Cherry Sauce   |   Roasted Duck w/Cranberry Sauce   |   Roasted Duck with Dried Plums   |   Roast Duck w/Quince Escabeche   |   Sauteed Duck Breast   |   Thai Roast Duck   |   Whole Roast Duckling  
  Home   |   About Us & Contact   |   Recipe Index   |   Kitchen Tips   |   Cooking Contests   |   Other Links  

Please feel free to link to any pages of from your website. 
For permission to use any of this content please E-mail:
All contents are copyright © 1990 - 2024  James T. Ehler and unless otherwise noted.
All rights reserved.  You may copy and use portions of this website for non-commercial, personal use only.
 Any other use of these materials without prior written authorization is not very nice and violates the copyright.
Please take the time to request permission. Logo


Popular Pages