Friday, August 21, 2015

Balsamic Duck Breast over zucchini and potatoes

my fridge
Every time I have ever rented an apartment in Paris, it has felt like destiny.

<------ Look at this note on the fridge in my new place. Could have been written by me... but it wasn't.

The six-burner gas stove. With spotlight.

In honor of my new place and its luxurious six burner gas stove (yes, you read that right - check out the photo ---->)
... I made a one pot meal. In about 25 minutes. :-) But I will expand over the burners and length of projects over time to be sure. I have big plans this year for learning to make an array of terrines in the amazing full-size oven that also comes with this apartment.

But for now, here's what I made, with amazing balsamic vinegar that a friend picked up for me in Italy (if you can find it and afford it... twenty-year balsamic is the way to go! It tastes a bit like balsamic candy):

Balsamic Duck Breast over zucchini and potatoes
with the vegetables alone

Serves 2 people (or 1 with a leftover meal to come!)

2 shallots, chopped
1 zucchini, sliced thick
a handful of fingerling potatoes, sliced thin
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 duck breast
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon herbs de provence
a few leaves of fresh basil, chopped

1. Heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat.

2. Add shallots and sauté for 1-2 minutes.

3. Add potatoes and sauté for 5 minutes.

4. Add zucchini and herbs de Provence to the potato mixture and sauté for 3 minutes. 

After flipping the duck breast
5. Create a space over the middle of the flame in the highest heat, and place the duck breast on it. Drizzle half of the balsamic vinegar over the duck and sprinkle with chopped fresh basil.
6. For medium rare (as it should be!) cook duck for about 7 minutes each side until browned. Keep stirring the vegetables around the duck

7. Lay the vegetables on a plate, and place the duck breast over it (either in slices, or keep the breast as a whole steak).

8. Enjoy, with salad on the side or after... Bon Ap!

Bon Appetit!

the view from my kitchen window! bring on the breeze!

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