Seared Duck Breast with Pinot Noir SauceFeatured by Calera Wine Company in the Diamond Wine Club.
Six duck breast halves - boneless
Freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon olive oil
1/2 cup demi glace
1 tablespoon red currant preserves
1/2 cup Pinot Noir
Trim any extra fat and skin from around the meat on each breast. With a sharp knife, score the skin 3 times diagonally without piercing the meat. Sprinkle all over with salt and pepper. Brush 1 large or 2 medium sized non-stick skillets with olive oil. Place the breasts, skin side down, in the skillet over high heat. Sauté, pressing down on the breasts with the back of a spatula, until they are well browned, about 5 to 6
minutes. Turn and brown the second side for about 3 to 4 minutes, for rare meat. If the pan gets too hot, reduce the heat to medium. Remove the breasts to a plate and cover to keep warm until serving. Discard all the fat in the pan and wipe it out with a paper towel. Place the skillet over medium heat; add demi-glace and preserves, along with any duck juices that accumulated in the plate. Heat for 1 minute, reduce heat to medium
and stir in the wine. Cook for about 7 minutes or until slightly thickened, stirring occasionally. Adjust seasonings to taste. To serve, slice the warm duck breasts thinly on the diagonal. Fan the slices out on a serving platter and spoon the warm sauce over the top. Serve immediately.