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THE ENTERTAINING ISSUE - November December Issue 2018

Pan-Seared Magret with Cherry Gastrique
May/Jun 2009
From FARM Restaurant

4 medium parsnips, peeled and chopped
2 bay leaves
2 vanilla pods
2 t. salt
2 T. sugar
2 c. red wine
1/4 red wine vinegar
1/4 c. dried cherries
1 t. cracked black pepper
1 whole duck breast (magret)
1 large fennel bulb, slivered
Juice of 1 orange
2 T. olive oil
Salt and pepper

Place the parsnips in a pot and add just enough water to cover. Add 1 bay leaf, vanilla pods with seeds scraped out and salt. Bring to a boil and simmer until very tender, strain (save some of liquid to adjust thickness), remove aromatics and purée using the strained liquid to achieve a thick consistency. Season with more salt if required. Reserve.

In a saucepan, carefully caramelize the sugar to a dark brown, then add red wine, red wine vinegar, dried cherries, 1 bay leaf and cracked pepper; reduce the gastrique until it coats the back of a spoon. Strain and reserve.

Season duck breast with salt and place skin-side down in a hot fry pan. Once the skin is crispy and some of the fat has rendered, flip over and place in a 350°F oven for 6 to 8 minutes to cook to medium-rare. Allow duck to rest for 5 minutes before slicing. Meanwhile, toss the fennel in a bowl with orange juice, olive oil and salt and pepper to taste.

To plate: place a generous serving of parsnip purée on 4 plates. Top with 4 to 6 slices of duck and a generous drizzle of gastrique. Serve fennel slaw on the side. Serves 4.