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Guest recipe: Duck Breast with Foie Gras and Balsamic Cherries


After a summer of avoiding the oven, cooler weather is finally here and we’re ready to dust off those oven mitts!  To inaugurate the season, we’re sharing with you an exclusive recipe featuring an icon of culinary sophistication, the epitome of gourmet ingredients: foie gras! In this recipe, delicious duck magret is served alongside rich and unctuous foie gras, and then topped with sweet cherry in a syrupy balsamic reduction. This foie gras recipe is a truly fabulous way to start off your fall cooking!

This exquisite recipe was developed exclusively for us by Jen from Savorysimple.net. Thank you so much for sharing it with us, Jen!


Duck Breast with Foie Gras and Balsamic Cherries

Total Time: 60 minutes

Yield: 2 servings

Duck Breast with Foie Gras and Balsamic Cherries


  • 1 1/2 cup cherries, pitted
  • 1/4 cup Balsamico Vinegar of Modena
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 11/2 tablespoons shallot, minced
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 magret duck breast
  • 2 slices foie gras
  • salt and pepper
  • arugula for serving


  1. In a small bowl, stir together the cherries, balsamico and sugar. Cover and place in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Heat up the olive oil in a non­stick pan on medium/­low heat with a pinch of salt and add the minced shallot. Cook for a few minutes until the shallots turn transparent and then add the cherries, including all balsamico and cherry juice in the bowl. Simmer on medium-­low heat, stirring periodically, until the liquids have reduced to a thick syrup and the cherries are very soft, approximately 15 minutes.
  3. Score the fat on top of the duck breast diagonally in two directions. Cut all the way through the fat without cutting into the meat. Season generously with salt and pepper.
  4. Heat a saute pan over medium-­low heat and then place the duck in the pan, fat­-side down. Allow the fat to render until it's dark brown and crisp, approximately 10 minutes. Drain some of the duck fat from the pan periodically to avoid splatter.
  5. Flip the breast and allow it to cook on the opposite side for a few minutes, until an instant read thermometer reaches 125 degrees F in the center of the breast. Allow the meat to rest for at least 5 minutes.
  6. While the duck is resting, prepare the foie gras. Heat up a nonstick skillet on high until it's very hot. Lightly score one side of the foie gras and season with salt and pepper. Place the foie gras into the hot skillet, which should immediately start sizzling (if it doesn't remove the foie and allow the pan to continue to get hot). Sear for approximately 45 seconds per side.
  7. Lay a bed of arugula on two plates.
  8. Slice duck on the bias into thin strips and fan it over the arugula. Add one slice of foie
  9. gras to each plate, scored side up, and serve immediately.
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