Duck into the Luxurious World of Gourmet Cuisine"

Chris Martin
3 min readSep 6, 2023
Photo by Sebastian Coman Photography on Unsplash

The Allure of Duck: A Feathery Affair

There’s an old saying in the culinary world: "Duck is the beef of poultry." Duck is the dark, sumptuous meat that elevates a gathering from "eh" to "extraordinary."

Fun Fact: Duck fat is healthier than butter, high in beneficial fatty acids, and a secret weapon in a culinary professional’s kitchen.

Who Am I

I’m Commis Chef Chris and I’ve been in the culinary industry for 18 years, spending the last 6 of them primarily as a personal chef. I’ve spent time cooking for many people in the community, from the hardworking mom & dad of 5 to the local star of the NFL to a Fire Chief who might live right around your corner.

Duck Across the Globe: A Mini Atlas

- France: The home of duck confit and foie gras.
- China: Famous for its Peking duck.
- United States: Known for duck à l’orange, particularly in the South.
- Thailand: Red curry duck is a palate-exploder.
- Vietnam: The duck pho here is a bowl of comfort.

Duck has waddled its way through kitchens around the world, leaving a legacy of rich flavors and gastronomic appreciation.

The Prerequisites: Prepping Your Duck

1. Cleaning*: Wipe it down with a damp cloth.
2. Skin: Score the skin without cutting into the meat. (Don’t worry if you do, it’s not great, but it won’t destroy the meatb right away)

Popular Preparations: Savoring the Duck’s Versatility

1. Duck Confit: Slow-cooked until the meat falls right off the bone.
2. Peking Duck: A crispy, aromatic treasure.
3. Duck à l’Orange: Balances sweet citrus with the savory duck.

Quack-tastic Complements: Ingredients Duck Goes Well With

- Orange
- Plum
- Garlic
- Rosemary
- Thyme
- Ginger
- Star anise
- Cinnamon
- Red wine
- Honey

Recipe: Duck Breast with Honey-Orange Glaze

**Ingredients**

- 4 duck breasts
- Salt & pepper
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 orange (juiced)
- 2 tsp chopped rosemary
- 1 garlic clove, minced

1. Score the duck skin. Season with salt and pepper.
2. Heat a skillet. Cook the duck, skin side down, for 6-8 minutes.
3. Flip. Cook for 4 more minutes.
4. For the glaze, combine honey, orange juice, garlic, and rosemary.
5. Coat the duck in the glaze.
6. Serve and savor.

Looking for more ideas on how these ingredients and more elevate duck dishes? Check the hyperlinks!

A Gentle Nudge: Why Not Hire a Chef?

Life’s too short to not relish the good things. And if you’re a busy professional with dinner parties to host, why not hire a chef?

My private chef services are just what you need.

Parting Shots

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Question

What's been your most memorable experience with duck cuisine?

FAQs

1. **Is duck meat healthy?**
- In moderation, yes. It’s high in protein and minerals.

2. **Do I need special tools for cooking duck?**
- A good skillet and sharp knife will do.

3. **How do I find a good quality duck?**
- Opt for organic or free-range ducks.

4. **Can I cook a duck rare?**
- Duck breast, yes. Other parts, cook thoroughly.

5. **What wines pair well with duck?**
- Red wines like Pinot Noir.

6. **Is duck hard to cook?**
- No, but it needs attention to detail.

7. **Can I freeze cooked duck?**
- Yes, for up to 3 months.

8. **What are dietary restrictions with duck?**
- High in fat, so consume judiciously.

9. **How many servings does one duck provide?**
- Usually 2-4, depending on the size.

10. Can my dog eat cooked duck?
- Consult your vet, but generally, yes if it’s plain and well-cooked.

Feel free to visit my website for more culinary adventures.

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Chris Martin

A Chef of 18 years using his knowledge and expertise to connect Chefs & foodies to create a great experience by making ordering a Chef as easy as a pizza.