Maple-Lacquered Brome Lake Duck Breast with a Vegetable Gratin

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Recipe — Maple-Lacquered Brome Lake Duck Breast with Crisp and Tender Root Vegetable Gratin
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4 portions
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  • 2 to 4 Brome Lake duck breasts
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup (preferably Very Dark for its strong taste)
  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 1 tablespoon apple vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 large celeriac, peeled
  • 1 small butternut squash, peeled
  • 1 1/2 cup 35% whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper


Duck breasts

  1. Season duck breasts on all sides with salt and pepper. Using a small knife, score fat on duck breasts in a grid pattern.
  2. In a hot frying pan over high heat, sear breasts skin side down until brown. Turn over and continue cooking flesh side down for 3 to 4.
  3. Add 125 ml (1/2 cup) maple syrup and the hoisin sauce.
  4. Deglaze with apple vinegar and water to dilute the sauce. Remove breasts while still rare. Cut breasts in two lengthways and keep maple sauce warm.

Root vegetables

  1. Thinly slice celeriac and butternut squash.
  2. In a gratin dish, create a layer of celeriac slices, then cover with slices of butternut squash. Repeat with alternating layers of each vegetable.
  3. In a bowl, add cream, milk and 15 ml (1 tablespoon) maple syrup and season with salt and pepper. Mix well.
  4. Pour mixture over gratin and bake in the oven for 40 minutes at 175 °C (350 °F).
  5. Serve crisp and tender vegetable gratin in the centre of the table, arrange slices of maple-lacquered Brome Lake duck breast on a serving dish and dress with reserved maple sauce.

Recipe developed by Jerome Ferrer, Maple Master

Maple-Lacquered Brome Lake Duck Breast with Crisp and Tender Root Vegetable Gratin

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