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Seared Duck Breast with Caramelized Pear and Cabbage

Want to cook a special dinner for Valentine's Day? Why not try some delicious duck breast? It is one of our favorite meats, and that is because you can cook it in all kinds of dishes, whether fast Asian stir-fries or classy French meals. For this recipe, we've paired it with some bacon-flavored cabbage and one caramelized pear.
Want to cook a special dinner for Valentine's Day? Why not try some delicious duck breast? It is one of our favorite meats, and that is because you can cook it in all kinds of dishes, whether fast Asian stir-fries or classy French meals. For this recipe, we've paired it with some bacon-flavored cabbage and one caramelized pear.

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Ingredients

For the duck breast:
1 pound duck breast
salt
pepper
1 garlic clove
2 fresh thyme sprigs
For the cabbage:
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
2 bacon slices, chopped
1 teaspoon fresh thyme
½ medium-sized cabbage, shredded
salt
pepper
¼ cup water
½ cup heavy cream
For the pears:
1 ounce butter
2 tablespoons of brown sugar
2 star anises
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 pear, halved

Ingredients

  • For the duck breast:

  • For the cabbage:

  • For the pears:

Steps

1
Done

Place the duck breast on your wooden board skin-side up. Make a few scores over the skin, in a crisscross pattern. Rub both sides of the meat with salt and pepper.

2
Done

Heat a skillet over medium-high heat and place the duck breast skin-side down. Add garlic and thyme to the pan. Cook the duck breast for 6 minutes, and then flip it over and continue cooking it for 4 minutes.

3
Done

Heat the vegetable oil in a skillet over medium heat and add the chopped bacon. Add the fresh thyme and cabbage. Season with salt and pepper.

4
Done

Stir for 1-2 minutes, and add the water and heavy cream. Cook for 5 minutes, to reduce the extra liquid.

5
Done

Next, heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat, add the butter in it and melt it. Melt the brown sugar and add the star anises and balsamic vinegar.

6
Done

Stir, until the sauce turns dark-brown and small bubbles start appearing on its surface.

7
Done

Add the halved pear and sprinkle caramel over it using a teaspoon.

8
Done

Thinly slice the duck breast and serve it with the cabbage and caramelized pear.

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Nutritional Chart

688 kcal
Calories
50 g
Protein
45 g
Fat
20 g
Carbohydrates

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Vlad Popa

I guess I’ve always had a passion for cooking ever since I was a kid when I was mom’s little helper in the kitchen. Even though I wasn’t actually cooking, I was a picky eater, and I focused on bringing more flavor to her dishes, by adding extra herbs and spices I felt might enrich it. Time has passed, and I haven’t changed that much: I am now my girlfriend’s helper.

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