pan-seared duck breasts with kumquats

I must have had a premonition that November would be tough because I made the full month of recipes as soon as they were announced. Which is lucky because since then we have had very little time for cooking.

Duck is always a happy dish in our house. It’s one of my husband’s very favorite meals and, since he is the duck pro in our house, it means that I don’t have to cook:-)

Dorie calls this week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe, Pan-Seared Duck Breasts with Kumquats, a simpler version of duck a l’orange. I know that it’s an old classic, but somehow I’ve never actually had duck a l’orange. I think that by the time I had enough money to eat in the kinds of restaurants which would have served such fancy fare, the dish had been replaced.

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In this simpler version, Dorie has us candying sliced kumquats and serving them alongside the seared duck breasts with a balsamic reduction. To complete the orange theme, we paired the duck with an orange rice pilaf. The duck was perfectly cooked and the sauce was absolutely delicious. Husband approved!

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14 Responses to pan-seared duck breasts with kumquats

  1. I’ve never had duck a l’orange either. Your husband did a great job with the duck – it looks perfect.
    Have a great weekend.

  2. Ei says:

    Ooh, that looks good. I haven’t seen kumquats yet. I was tempted to use some mandarin marmalade that I canned last year, but then I chickened out. It SOUNDS like the same general idea, but it could be totally horrid, so I didn’t do it.

  3. You found kumquats??? Lucky you x 2 with your husband doing the cooking. Bill is a huge fan of duck and was thrilled with this recipe 🙂

  4. Love the idea of an orange pilaf with this!

  5. How wonderful to take a day off from cooking! I am glad everyone enjoyed the duck a l’orange.
    Happy Friday!

  6. I cannot recall having Duck l’Orange either. Yes, I didn’t have much money for high-end restaurant excursions when I was younger as well. Since joining FFWD I have learned to cook duck well and now often order it when I’m at a nice restaurant. While the JarJarDuck wasn’t very satisfactory at all (I ended up eating an entire bag of caramel corn after dinner), all my other experiences have been good. I also think the duck with the peaches is my favorite and is also in the Top Five of FFWD favorites. I am glad you got this made and am glad you both enjoyed it.

  7. ProfWhoCooks says:

    What a gorgeous plate and I love how the kumquats look like little jewels (I couldn’t find any, so I’m living vicariously). Still sending good thoughts for you and your family.

  8. Alice Mizer says:

    oooh the orange rice pilaf is amazing, so I can’t say much about it except YUM!! I’m not a duck fan, but I do love kumquats 🙂 SO nice of your husband to cook for you!

  9. Your duck looks fabulous! Great job, husband!! I love the sound of the orange rice pilaf! This was a winner with my hubby too! Happy Friday, Rose!

  10. Cher says:

    Nice to have a duck cooker 🙂
    The first time that I ever had duck was when I bravely (stupidly) tried to make duck a l’orange from a Gourmet recipe. Fortunately, I hadn’t had duck cooked the right way yet so didn’t realize how over done it was – but it must have been good enough because I still love duck.
    Hope things are going better. Have a nice weekend.

  11. betsy says:

    Duck is a happy dish at my house too. I’m seldom the one to cook the meat, but duck has become “my job”. I loved the candied fruit,

  12. Nana says:

    That looks perfect and you were lucky to find the kumquats, I don’t think many people were
    that fortunate. You are so lucky to have hubby cooking this, it’s nice to have a break.
    Have a great weekend.

  13. Diane Zwang says:

    My husband approved this menu too and he is the duck expert in the house. It was my first meal of duck and I liked it. I hope your December is more calm.

  14. Guyla says:

    Rosa I’ve never had duck a l’orange either! I like the old fashioned look of your plate. Hopefully your November has been busy with good things…

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