It’s funny how things can just go sideways, no matter what you do. This is a case of the sideways happening.
Basically, I wanted to make duck breasts and have a lovely dinner with my husband. Everything was going so well too. I was trying a new Freestyle Portable Grill. It was so shiny! The bad weather had held off long enough for me to get out and grill without getting wet. Yes, there is NO excuse for not grilling, but I still don’t like getting wet! And then “poof” everything went sideways. The duck cooked too fast on the outside, and was scary rare on the inside. Then it took another hour to make the gravy and risotto, so by the time I got to the duck again it was rubber. Hee hee, rubber duck…
It was all my fault. Don’t get me wrong. I answered a phone call, and I certainly did not research the cooking of this particular meat well enough to know when it was done. Nor did I make sure to be prepared with the side dish. Preparation is key when making any meal. I was not prepared. It was still very tasty though. And if you follow the directions, there should be no problem with your grilled duck.
Let me first say that duck is nothing like chicken in any way when it comes to preparing it. Duck is all dark meat. It also has a thick layer of fat under the skin, that it is not desirable to eat.
I cooked this entire meal out of order. I began by grilling the duck breast, that should have taken 20 minutes, tops, then while I made the risotto, the duck got cold and needed reheating. Not to mention that it was a tad undercooked, so when I tried to reheat it, the duck went rubbery. Plus there was a phone call in there, and I didn’t even get any photos of the cooking process! Needless to say, I have learned from this.
On the bright side. I enjoyed the Freestyle grill I was using, and the duck from my favorite butcher, Country Meat Cuts in Utopia, was very tasty and perfectly prepared…until I cooked it. It was a very interesting flavour, for one who has not eaten duck before, I really enjoyed the flavour. I will definitely make this again.
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