Duck breast haricots verts
1 h

Roasted Long Island Duck Breast with Creamy French Chestnuts and Haricot Vert au Beurre

Benjamin Vaschetti By Benjamin Vaschetti, Chef

Don’t fear the fat; most of it will render, leaving a deliciously crisp browned layer on top. Pekin ducks, also known as crescent or Long Island ducklings, have small breasts. If using magret, which are larger, cook a minute or two longer per side. Treat it lovingly with an overnight dry brine to season it throughout, then cook it patiently and gently and you’ll be rewarded with a meaty centerpiece that feels company-worthy without breaking the bank.

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Ingredients For

  • 2 lb
  • Butter
    Dairy products
    PDO Poitou-Charente Butter
    1 stick See the article
  • x 3
  • Touraine
    Wine and Spirits
    Touraine PDO
    0.50 bottle See the article
  • Châtaigne d'Ardèche AOP
    Fruits & Vegetables
    PDO Ardèche Chestnuts
    0.50 cup See the article
  • Creme fraiche in a bowl
    Dairy products
    PDO Heavy Crème Fraîche
  • 2 c

Remove excess fat from the edges of the duck breasts and season with salt and pepper. Heat a sauté pan over medium heat and, when hot, put the breasts skin-side down. Sear until the skin has a golden color, a few mins. Put the breasts in a baking dish skin-side up. Place into the oven and roast for about 8 min. Remove and let rest. 

Step 1
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    Meanwhile, melt half of the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the shallots and white wine and cook until soft. Add the chestnuts, heavy cream, ¼ tsp. salt, and ¼ tsp. pepper and bring to a simmer. Cover with a lid and simmer, about 15 mins. Set aside.  

    Step 2
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    Bring a medium saucepan of well-salted water to a boil over high heat. Have a bowl of ice water ready. Once the water is boiling, add the haricot verts and cook until they turn bright green and are crisp-tender, 4-5 mins. Remove the beans to the ice water with a spider or slotted spoon. Then place on a plate with paper towels to dry. 

    Step 3
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    Melt the remaining butter in a skillet over medium heat until it’s a golden-brown color. Add the haricot verts and stir to coat in the butter, 4-5 min. 

    Meanwhile, return the duck to the oven for another 5 min. to warm. Then remove and place on a cutting board. Cut the meat into about ½-in-thick slices and then reserve on a plate lined with paper towels. 

    To serve, place the creamy chestnuts in the center of a serving plate, followed by the sliced duck, and then the haricot vert on top of the duck. 

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    Maple Syrup
    Tahitian Vanilla
    Tahitian Vanilla
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