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5 Duck Breast Recipes To Try Now

Every recipe has a story and Ariane, the founder of D’Artagnan, is very involved in this one.  Her father, Chef André Daguin, was the first to cook duck breast like a steak, pan-searing and serving it rare. That was back in the 1950s at his restaurant in Southwest France, and the technique caught on. Today it’s quite common to see seared duck breast on a restaurant menu.

If you haven’t tried cooking duck breast at home, we encourage you to do so.  These easy variations on the basic recipe will hopefully inspire your inner chef. Choose the flavors you like and heat up your pan!

1. The Classic: Magret Duck Breast à la D’Artagnan

This simple duck magret recipe should be a part of every home cook’s repertoire. If you can cook a steak in a pan, you can sear a duck breast. We love this simple recipe and the opportunity it affords to get creative with the pan sauce. Master this one, and you can whip up an impressive meal in 30 minutes anytime. Kitchen victories are so sweet, aren’t they?

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Duck Fat 50: Duck Fat Focaccia Bread with Herbs & Sea Salt

Have you baked with duck fat yet? If not, you are missing out on a whole world of flavor. Try our recipe for ridiculously delicious duck fat focaccia bread. Topped with fresh herbs and flaky salt, it’s wonderful on its own, as a soup or salad accompaniment, or as the vehicle for your favorite sandwich fillings.  Duck bacon and onion jam might work nicely. Or try spreading duck rillettes on top for a duck on duck fat sandwich.

This recipe will make one 14 x 11 inch loaf – which we predict won’t be around for long. It’s just that good.

Duck Fat Foccacia Bread

Duck Fat Focaccia Bread

Ingredients

2½ teaspoons active dry yeast
1⅔ cup warm water (about 110 degrees F)
½ cup Duck Fat, melted, divided use
2 cups bread flour
2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more as needed
2 teaspoons coarse salt
2 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs, such as thyme, rosemary, and/or oregano
1½ teaspoons Maldon salt, or Gros Sel

Preparation

1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, stir together yeast and warm water. Let stand about 5 minutes until foamy. Add 2 cups bread flour, 2 cups all-purpose flour, ¼ cup duck fat, and coarse salt. Beat until mixture comes together. Switch to dough hook attachment and knead on medium-low speed until dough is smooth and elastic. Finished dough should be just slightly sticky, so add additional flour a little at a time, if needed.

2. Gently round dough into a ball and place in a large bowl that’s been lightly greased with duck fat. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm location until double in size, about 1½ hours.
Generously grease a 14 x 11 inch baking pan with duck fat. Press the dough evenly into the pan and cover with plastic wrap or a tea towel. Allow to rise until doubled again, about 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F with rack in the center.

3. Using the end of a wooden spoon greased with duck fat, press deep indents into the dough at 1” intervals. Brush with remaining duck fat, allowing the fat to pool into indentations. Sprinkle herbs evenly over the dough, then repeat with Maldon salt. Bake until bread is golden brown, about 25 to 30 minutes. Cool in the pan then slice and serve. Wrapped in plastic wrap, focaccia will keep for about 3 days.

How to Cook Porcelet

Our milk-fed piglet – called porcelet – has been a hit with professional chefs for years. In France the milk-fed piglet is known as cochon de lait, and until our farming partners in Quebec began raising them, it was hard to find any milk-fed piglets in North America. Raised on a proprietary milk formula, these piglets produce the most tender and delectable pork. Now available to the home cook, our website has 3 primal cuts for the pork aficionado to choose from: bone-in porcelet shoulder, bone-in porcelet loin and rack of porcelet.

They call it porcelet (poor-seh-lay), which to us means “the best pork ever.” How do you cook this extraordinary pork? We have a few ideas …

8-Hour Porcelet Shoulder with Crackling

Take it slow and easy with this 2-ingredient porcelet recipe. Oh, sorry. That’s 3 ingredients: porcelet shoulder, salt and pepper. Since it comes with the rind on, you get the magic of pork cracklings on the entire surface when you finish the porcelet with a few minutes of broiling at the end. The hardest part is waiting 8 hours for the roast to come out of the oven.

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Porcelet Shoulder with Crackling

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7 Favorite Veal Recipes

The real deal on veal? Our veal is raised humanely in New York State by a network of small farms. The calves live in groups, in open barns, with sunlight and access to the outdoors; they are never caged or penned. They eat a special milk formula that is scientifically dispensed to add weight and nourish the young animals. This system of veal farming has been lauded by Dr. Temple Grandin, an expert in the humane livestock handling and husbandry.

Have you been missing out? Veal is a delicious alternative to beef, with a lighter taste and tender texture. It’s quite lean, so many recipes add fat to keep it moist. Try one – ore more – of our favorite veal recipes below and let us know how you like it.

Veal Chops Saltimbocca with Tomato Cream

In Italian, saltimbocca means “jump into the mouth,” and if you try this easy recipe for saltimbocca-style veal chops, you’ll understand why it’s top of the favorite list. We wrap Veal Milanese Chops with fresh sage leaves and our Jambon de Bayonne to impart flavor and maintain moisture, and then pan roast in a hot oven. This recipe can be on a plate in under 20 minutes, so it makes an easy weeknight dinner. A light, creamy tomato sauce finishes this delicious dish.

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5 Favorite Charcuterie Recipes

Are you cooking with charcuterie? You might be doing it and not even thinking about it. Bacon and eggs…pizza with sausage or pepperoni…stuffing with sausage. All are examples of using charcuterie in everyday food.

Charcuterie – smoked, cured or cooked meat – is showing up everywhere. At D’Artagnan, we’ve been making charctuerie for more than 30 years, with time-honored techniques, recipes and all-natural ingredients. We offer a full range of styles and flavors, and our charcuterie is a favorite among restaurants, retailers, and home cooks.

So we take charcuterie pretty seriously, and we like to find new ways to enjoy it. Here are a few of our favorite recipes featuring charcuterie. We hope you will try some of them.

Fig & Prosciutto Tart

Our tart is as easy to make as it is beautiful and delicious. In this recipe, salty French prosciutto (we call it Jambon de Bayonne) pairs perfectly with creamy mascarpone and sweet figs. If figs aren’t in season, replace them with ripe stone fruits for equally tasty results. Served at room temperature, this tart is ideal for a party, picnic, or decadent snack anytime.

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Happy National Caramel Popcorn Day!

IG_BaconDuckFatCaramelCornWe don’t celebrate every food holiday … oh, who are we kidding? We love that nearly every day of the year has a food-related holiday to celebrate. Today it’s National Caramel Popcorn Day!

And that’s why we’re sharing our recipe for caramel popcorn, with a D’Artagnan twist. We’ve enhanced this sticky treat with bacon and duck fat.

This party-worthy popcorn will satisfy the whole crowd – it’s savory, sweet, salty, crispy, and chewy. Try it and let us know how you like it!

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Bacon Duck Fat Caramel Corn

YIELD: 12 SERVINGS

Ingredients

12 cups popped plain popcorn (about ½ cup kernels)
1½ cups packed dark brown sugar
½ cup Duck Fat, plus 2 tablespoons (for coating the pan), melted
¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
½ teaspoon sea salt
6 slices Uncured Hickory Smoked Bacon, chopped into ¼ inch chunks
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Preparation

  1. Parcook bacon pieces in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook until fat renders but bacon is still soft and hasn’t browned. Remove bacon with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels, set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F with the rack placed in the center position. Grease a large roasting pan with 2 tablespoons of duck fat. Spread popped popcorn evenly in the pan and set aside.
  3. In a large heavy-bottomed saucepan, whisk together brown sugar, duck fat, corn syrup, and salt. Bring mixture to a boil over medium heat, whisking constantly until the sugar dissolves and starts to emulsify, about 10 minutes. (The mixture may be separated and oily – keep whisking, it will come together as it cooks.) Carefully stir in reserved bacon. Now stop whisking and continue to boil without touching it at all for about 3 minutes more.
  4. Remove from heat and carefully whisk in the vanilla and baking soda until the caramel is light in color, foamy, and has doubled in volume, about 10 seconds.
  5. Immediately drizzle caramel mixture over the popcorn, turning with a silicone spatula until thoroughly coated and spread into an even layer.
  6. Bake the caramel corn, mixing about every 15 minutes with a silicone spatula, scraping up any caramel from the bottom of the pan, until a cooled piece of popcorn is very crunchy, about 45 minutes to 1 hour total. (To test for doneness, take a few pieces of popcorn out of the oven and let cool. If they’re crunchy, then the caramel corn is done.)
  7. Transfer the caramel corn to a clean, rimmed baking sheet to cool completely (it will crisp as it cools). Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Top 5 Easter Main Dishes

What are you serving on Easter?  We have some classic, fresh spring preparations for family favorites like heritage ham, lamb, and rabbit.

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Top 5 Easter Side Dishes

At Easter you may serve tender spring vegetables like peas and asparagus. But there is a long-standing tradition of breaking the Lenten fast with rich, creamy dishes and generous amounts of meat, assuming that you have deprived yourself for 40 days. Since we love a hearty side dish, we collected some of our favorites that pair well with ham or lamb. And there are plenty of potatoes. Always potatoes… truffle-butter-pommes-anna-recipe

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Top 6 Easter Appetizer Recipes

How about a nibble to start the Easter meal? From the simple to the sublime, there’s a little something for everyone here. Small bites, big flavors. Click through to see the recipes.

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1. Tiny quail eggs may take extra time to peel, but they are so cute – and delicious – that it’s worth the effort. Make a big batch of these Scotch eggs, because they are all too easy to eat! With wild boar sausage inside the golden crust they may also serve as a conversation starter.

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2.  The combination of dry-cured ham and fruit is a perennial favorite. In this case, we used pears, and a bit of fresh ricotta; truffle butter on the crostini brings in a tasty new element. The truffle honey is optional, but we highly recommend it.  Just keep this recipe in your back pocket for parties.

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3. Speaking of truffle butter, this recipe for gougeres is going to change your game. Brunch, cocktail parties, holiday gatherings … they all benefit from the perfection of these mouthfuls of airy dough and cheese. They seem so right for the Easter meal, whether it’s a brunch or a feast.

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4. It’s Easter, so everyone expects eggs. Do the grown-up thing and devil some quail eggs and top them with bacon.  Everyone will thank you.

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5. Mushrooms and crème fraîche fill these phyllo triangles with flavor. Yes, we brushed them with truffle butter. Because we can … and so can you!

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6. One last honorable mention, also involving puff pastry, mushrooms and a hint of cream: the vol-au-vent.  This classic hors d’oeuvre makes a lovely presentation, and can be passed or served at dinner, or brunch.

7 Easter Brunch Ideas & Recipes

Are you hosting Easter brunch and looking for some fun ideas … perhaps with more bacon? We have some recipes to inspire a very tasty brunch this year, with seasonal ingredients and quite a lot of bacon.

1. Bacon and cheddar scones are perfect for brunch, paired with scrambled eggs. Also tea time, snack time, or any time.  These easy-to-make scones have crispy edges, a flaky yet tender interior, and are packed with flavor from our applewood smoked bacon, sharp cheddar cheese, and fresh chives. Try one fresh from the oven. Thank us later.

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Bacon cheddar scones

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