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10 Fabulous Duck Recipes Recipe

10 Fabulous Duck Recipes

04.28.15 by Jackie

I think duck meat is very sophisticated. If you've been following my culinary diary throughout the years, you know I don't eat duck often (for health reasons), but I love how succulent and fabulously flavorful the meat is. My daughter Aria is no different. I just bought some duck breast that I'm about to roast for lunch. Since I've already posted countless recipes about this delicacy, I thought I'd gather my best duck recipes for you to see.

Don't forget to save the duck fat; it makes the most wonderful fries or pommes rissolees! Despite the overstated unsaturated fat health claims, for cooking or frying it's a healthy alternative to beef fat, pork fat, palm oil, coconut oil or even butter and it actually has culinary benefits (it has a higher percentage of mono-unsaturated fat that can help lower levels of blood cholesterol). Plus, unlike olive oil and butter, duck fat can be recycled.

Hope you enjoy cooking and tasting duck meat as much as little Aria and I do!


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Banh Gio Recipe (Steamed Meat Rice Cakes) Recipe

In Vietnamese cuisine, just as in many other types of cuisines, the use of banana leaves in cooking dates back centuries. Back when there was no aluminum foil, parchment paper or wax paper, the thick leaves were what cooks used to pack, steam, grill, bake and serve their food. Isn't that a smart, eco-friendly way to make good use of biodegradable, natural materials? Plus, the banana leaves give awondderful additional aroma to the food. If you ever visit Vietnam, you'll notice how commonly food is wrapped in banana leaves. Bánh giò is no exception, and it's one of my favorite Vietnamese street foods.

Bánh giò is a steamed rice cake, often filled with meat. This time, I filled them with ground chicken (a more authentic version would use pork). In any case, the meat is cooked with wood ear mushrooms. It's not the prettiest meal, but it's a flavorful, earthy (thanks to the mushrooms), light, gluten-free dish.

The key to achieving the perfect texture is to add a bit of cornstarch to the rice flour to firm up the dough, then flavor it with warm chicken broth and cook it on the stove before shaping the rice cakes.

Steamed Meat Rice Cakes Recipe with Picture


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Beef Mac and Cheese Casserole Recipe Recipe

Little Aria's preschool classmate Mary welcomed her second baby sister two weeks ago. We thought we would prepare a homemade meal for her family. Ground beef is perfectly suited to toddlers' palates, so for the main dish, Aria and I prepared mac and cheese comfort food with a nesting beef and tomato bed of its very own. 

First, I prepared the bottom layer with a mixture of ground beef, tomatoes, thyme and onions. Then I added creamy Cheddar mac and cheese.

I've included a picture of the menu once we wrapped up the entire meal for Mary's family.

Menu


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Beef Roll Appetizers (Fusion Recipe) Recipe

Remember last week, when I posted a re-interpreted, fusion appetizer, maki-style? Well, this is the meat version. The dish consisted of blanched zucchini, carrot and enoki mushrooms stuffed in beef rolls, then quickly pan-seared until a crust was formed. You could also wrap the rolls in bacon or phyllo dough to secure them better, but if you're counting calories, these are just as delicious.

The idea was to create something new with ground beef instead of a good old burger. Even though the beef rolls are barely seared, the ketchup, mustard and Worcestershire sauce help season and pre-cook the meat. So as long as you use fresh meat, you're good to go. 


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New York Steak with Maple and Riesling Wine Recipe

When you have a cut of meat that has character such a New York Strip steaks, the preparation is kept to a minimum. Last night, I seasoned the steaks with salt and pepper and seared them to have crisp, crunchy edges. I then transferred them to the oven to bring them to perfect, medium-rare, beautifully juicy meat. Once out of the oven, I improvised a sauce.

The idea behind the sauce was to balance out the saltiness of the dish with sweet notes. To do so, I used Vermont maple syrup Sunny's college roommate gave us (she's from the East Coast) and paired it with sweet Riesling.

 


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