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The presentation of this duck main dish is as lovely as it is good to eat. Slices of duck breast are layered over fresh baby spinach and pears. then topped with walnuts and vinaigrette.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
20 mins
roast:
25 mins
stand:
10 mins
total:
1 hr 15 mins
Servings:
4
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • In a large ovenproof skillet cook pears in hot butter over medium heat for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown and tender, stirring frequently. Sprinkle with coarsely ground pepper; remove from skillet and set aside.

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  • Trim excess fat from duck (do not remove skin). Score the skin in a diamond pattern. Season duck breasts with salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.

  • In the same skillet cook duck breasts, skin side down, over medium heat for 5 minutes. Turn and cook about 5 minutes more or until browned. Drain, reserving 2 tablespoons fat. Place pan in a 350 degree F oven; roast, uncovered, for 25 to 30 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the breast registers 155 degrees F. Remove duck from pan; cover and let stand for 10 minutes (the internal temperature will rise 5 degrees F during standing time).

  • For vinaigrette, in a screw-top jar combine reserved duck fat, the vinegar, mustard, and thyme. Cover and shake well to combine.

  • Slice duck breasts. To serve, arrange spinach on individual serving plates. Top with pears, duck breast slices, and toasted walnuts. Drizzle vinaigrette over top. Makes 4 servings.

Nutrition Facts

573 calories; fat 33g; cholesterol 286mg; saturated fat 9g; carbohydrates 18g; mono fat 14g; poly fat 7g; insoluble fiber 4g; sugars 11g; protein 51g; vitamin a 3061.2IU; vitamin c 17.1mg; thiamin 0.1mg; riboflavin 0.1mg; niacin equivalents 15.8mg; vitamin b6 0.1mg; folate 72.6mcg; sodium 411mg; potassium 310mg; calcium 70.7mg; iron 7.9mg.
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