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Duck with Prunes and Apples

Submitted by Corporate Chef Andy Stewart



  • 3 duck breasts - excess fat trimmed and skin scored
  • 1/2 cup pitted prunes
  • 1 cup peeled and thick sliced Honey crisp apple
  • 1 sprig thyme
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1 Tablespoon Fustini's Michigan Apple balsamic
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1-2 tablespoons cold butter
  • Root Vegetable Mash
  • 1 teaspoon Fustini's Herbs de Provence olive oil
  • Chopped Mixed Herbs - rosemary, thyme, parsley
Root Vegetable Mash
  • 3 russet potatoes - peeled and cut into large dice
  • 1 sweet potato - peeled and cut into small dice
  • 1 parsnip - peeled and cut into small dice
  • 2 Carrots - peeled and cut into small dice
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoons white pepper
  • 3 tablespoons Fustini's Rosemary EVOO
  • 1 tablespoon parsley - chopped
  • 1 teaspoon thyme - chopped
  • 1 teaspoon rosemary - chopped


Step 1. 

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  Heat an oven proof pan over moderately high heat and once hot, add the duck breasts, skin side down.  Cook duck on one side until most of the fat has rendered and the skin is crispy and brown.  Pour all the fat off and reserve for another use.  Add the prunes, apples, thyme, rosemary, duck stock and Fustini's Michigan Apple balsamic and place into the oven.  Roast until the duck is medium rare to medium and the apples have started to break down - 10 to 12 minutes.  Remove duck from pan to cutting board to rest for 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, remove the fruit to a bowl, keeping warm.  Spoon any accumulated fat off, and bring the juices to a boil on the stove top.  Adjust seasoning, then remove from heat and swirl in butter.

To serve, cut duck breasts into thin slices.  Spoon a little root vegetable mash onto each service plate.  Lay duck slices out on top, and garnish with some fruit and a drizzle of Fustini's Herbs de Provence olive oil, and some mixed herbs.

Step 2.  Root Vegetable Mash

Place potatoes, sweet potatoes, parsnip, and carrots into a large stock pot and cover with cold water.  Place the pot over medium high heat and bring to a simmer.  Skim any foam that rises to the top.  Cook until all vegetables are soft - 15 to 20 minutes.  Strain well and return to the pot.  Add the butter, salt, pepper, and Fustini's Rosemary EVOO and mash by hand with a potato masher.  Add the fresh herbs, adjust seasoning and reserve to keep warm.

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