When Amy first contacted me about participating in her Iron Chef Challenge and I saw that the first theme ingredient was duck…well, I was skeptical…I’ve never cooked or even tried duck! I have always associated duck with expensive Christmas dinners…covered in some rich orange sauce. So, when I accepted the challenge, I decided to try looking for a way to cook duck that wasn’t just for special occasions and so rich. My biggest challenge turned out to be finding the duck! I was looking for Maple Leaf Brand as they are the sponsor for her challenge. We have two grocery stores in our little town and neither one carries it. I finally made it to a Kroger which is about 45 minutes away and found duck packaged in a way that was just perfect for every day cooking!
It’s a frozen breast fillet with just a thin layer of fat left on. In my reading about duck, I learned that they are very fatty and that is what makes them so rich. Packaged this way, I didn’t have all the fat to worry about and all I had to do was thaw and cook! So, while it was thawing out in the refrigerator over night, I let it marinate in Weber’s White Wine and Herb marinade. It’s so easy to mix, just 1/4 cup of olive oil and 1/4 cup of water! It has been my go-to marinade for other meats, and it didn’t let me down with the duck!
This evening, I used my George Foreman grilling machine to simply grill the marinated duck breast and it turned out fantastic! Moist and flavorful, with most of the fat running away from the meat and out of the grill. It only took about 25 minutes to cook and the clean up was a breeze!
I served it with Uncle Ben’s Long Grain and Wild Rice and steamed broccoli for a fast and easy every day meal that tastes like it came from an upscale restaurant!
My girls don’t like to try new things, especially when it comes to different meats, but my boys and hubby and I really enjoyed it! Thank you Amy for the challenge, and the opportunity to try something new!
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