Duck's breast with honey and pears recipe

  • Serves 4
  • 15 mins to prepare and 25 mins to cook
  • 902 calories / serving
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Heat two large, dry frying pans over a moderate heat until hot.

Meanwhile, make criss-cross incisions in the fat and skin of the duck breasts with a sharp knife making sure you don't cut through to the flesh. Brush the skin side of the duck breasts with half of the honey, then season well.

Place skin side down in the frying pan. Reduce the heat and allow the fat to render away from the duck breasts, draining it away if necessary. Once the skin is thin, golden and crispy, flip the duck breasts and cook the flesh side for 2-3 minutes. Remove the duck from the pan and keep covered loosely in foil.

Melt the butter in a clean frying pan over a medium heat and pan-fry the pear slices for a few minutes, tossing and stirring occasionally. Add the honey and seasoning to the pan and continue to cook for a few minutes until the pear slices are lightly caramelised.

Slice the duck breasts thinly and arrange fanned out on serving plates. Sprinkle with chopped parsley, then spoon the pear slices to one side along with some reduce honey from the pan.

Garnish with a sprig of parsley leaves before serving. 

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  • Ingredients

  • 4 large duck breasts, trimmed
  • 4tbsp honey
  • 25g butter
  • 2 eating pears, peeled cored and cut into thin slices
  • 2tbsp parsley, roughly chopped
  • sprigs of parsley leaves, to garnish
  • salt
  • pepper
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  • Energy 3736kj 902kcal 45%
  • Fat 80.1g 114%
  • Saturates 24.5g 123%
  • Sugars 20g 22%
  • Salt 0.6g 11%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 20g Protein 26.7g Fibre 2g


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