Episode 303: Happy Holidays: Gabriel's Roasted Duck with Brussels Sprouts, Chanterelle Mushrooms, Apple, Herb and Aromatic Ginger Sauce

By Aaron Welsh | Dec 18th, 2014

Challenge: Happy Holidays

Dish: Gabriel's Roasted Duck with Brussels Sprouts, Chanterelle Mushrooms, Apple, Herb and Aromatic Ginger

3 ea duck breast, scored
3 ea apple (granny smith), puree
3 sprigs, rosemary, puree
3 sprigs thyme, puree
1/8 cup brown butter, puree
¼ cup? prosecco
6 ea Brussels sprouts, separate petals
¼ lb chanterelle mushrooms, cut in fourths
1 tbsp butter
2 sprigs thyme
2 tbsp ginger, minced
¼ cup honey
1/8 cup red wine vinegar
3 tbsp butter
2 tbsp veal jus

Score duck skin lengthwise. Season with salt and cook skin down in a cold pan over medium heat. Cook until skin is crisp and fat is rendered out. Continue to pour off fat. Put in over at 350F until medium rare about 7 min. Let cook on rack.

Apple puree:
Steam apple in a little bit of prosecco until soft. Add cubes of butter to a hot pan with herbs and smoke until brown. Pour into cool pan to stop from over browning, place apples in a blender and puree, adding brown butter (no herbs). Season with salt and pepper.

Brussels sprouts:
Cut off stems and separate into petals. Fry at 375F until golden. Place onto paper towel and salt them.

Clean by scraping down the stem. Cut into fourths. Put pan over medium heat. Add rendered duck fat. When hot, add the mushrooms. When golden, add butter, herbs, salt & pepper. Season.

Caramelize honey and ginger, add red wine vinegar and jus. Strain and whisk in butter.

Assembly: Put a swoosh of apple  puree, then add mushrooms around plate. Slice duck and garnish with Brussels petals. Glaze meat with sauce.


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