Duck Breast with a Quince Paste Sauce
- 3 large plump duck breasts
- 1/4 lb quince paste, cut into small pieces
- 6 tbsps water
- 2 cloves garlic, peeled
- 1 tsp coarse sea salt
- Pinch of ground cinnamon
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 3 tbsps extra virgin olive oil
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 1 tbsp sherry vinegar
In a small saucepan melt the quince paste in the 6 tablespoons of water by heating and whisking until the paste dissolves and forms a smooth loose sauce without lumps. Let cool slightly.
In a small bowl pound the garlic with the sea salt to form a paste. Add the cinnamon, black pepper and olive oil. Add this to the warm quince sauce. Whisk in the lemon juice and sherry vinegar. Taste for seasoning.
Score the skins of the duck beasts for even browning. Lightly oil a heavy sauté pan and put over a medium heat. When hot, cook the duck breasts skin side down for 6-8 minutes until the skin is evenly browned. Drain off most of the fat and turn the breasts to continue cooking either in the oven or on the stove top for another 5-8 minutes depending on their thickness and how well done you like duck meat. Season the breasts with salt and pepper and reserve warm, covered loosely with foil and left to rest 5 minutes before slicing.
Re-warm the quince sauce adding any juice that has accumulated in the duck pan. Cut each duck breast in half and slice each half into slices. On each warm plate spoon a pool of the sauce and top with the duck slices. Serve with your vegetable of choice.