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Serves 2

A CookTale

Back on August 3rd, which is starting to sound like a long time ago, The New York Times featured a recipe for a Vietnamese Duck Salad. Since I rarely make Roast Duck It was tucked it away for future reference (we usually purchase Duck Breasts). One of our favorite resources, The Smokehouse of The Catskills, began carrying an organic free range duck from a farm in the Hudson Valley. That did it! Sunday we ducked out on Roast Duck. Last evening the leftovers morphed into a zesty Duck Salad in an adaption of the Times recipe.


1/4 cup Soy Sauce
1 Lime
1 TB grated Ginger
2 tp toasted (Asian) Sesame Oil
1 Garlic Clove, finely chopped
2 cups of leftover Duck, finely sliced
2 tp Rice Wine Vinegar
2 tp Thai or Vietnamese Fish Sauce
1 or 2 small JalapeƱos, seeded and finely diced
1/4 cup Peanut Oil
Kosher Salt & Black Pepper
1 large Cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced
3/4 cup Radishes, thinly sliced
1/4 cup chopped Cilantro, plus more for garnish
1/4 cup chopped Mint, plus more for garnish
1/3 cup chopped salted roasted Peanuts
Bibb Lettuce


1. Whisk together the Soy Sauce, juice and zest of 1 Lime, Ginger, Sesame Oil, Rice Wine Vinegar, Fish Sauce, Jalapeno(s) and Peanut Oil. Mash the Garlic into a paste and whisk it into the Vinaigrette.

2. In a large bowl, toss together Cucumber, Radishes, Cilantro, Mint and 1 thinly sliced Jalapeno (optional) with just enough of the vinaigrette to lightly coat everything. Taste and season with Salt & Pepper as needed. Toss in the Peanuts.

3. Plate by placing the Salad on a bed of Bibb Lettuce, and top with the sliced Duck. Drizzle with more of the Vinaigrette, and sprinkle with Cilantro and Mint.

Serves 2 With leftovers
A CookTale

The Smokehouse of The Catskills is expanding every week. The newest addition to their great meats, fowl and charcuterie is Organic Free Range Duck from a local farm in the Valley. It is so different from supermarket duck that all i can say is you have to taste it to believe it. The bright yellow fat within its cavity renders down to a great duck fat, turning simple oven roasted turnips into a gourmet side dish. Of course, in our opinion the perfect green to accompany the Duck is Garlicky Broccoli Rabe. It was a successful 9/11 birthday dinner.


1 5 Pound Organic Free Range Duck
Kosher Salt & fresh Black Pepper
1 TB of Sweet Paprika


1. With the point of a sharp knife, lightly pierce the entire Duck breast. This will help eliminate the fat.
2. Season the Duck with the Salt, Pepper & Paprika.
3. Heat the oven to 450 degrees. Add 1/2″ of hot water to the floor of the pan for the first step, steaming the Duck.
4. In the heated roasting pan with a non-stick rack (preferred), add the Duck, breast side down. Steam for about 20 minutes, helping to render the fat. Remove from the oven to a plate & discard the greasy water from the pan. Return the Duck to the dry pan with the breast side up.
5. Reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees & roast for about 45 minutes. Occasionally baste it with the juices at the bottom of the pan.
6. Remove when the Duck’s skin has browned & the internal temperature is 135 degrees. It continues to cook as it resettles.
You do not want the meat to dry out.

RECIPE Madeira (or Port or Marsala) Sauce


2 ounces of Butter
1/4 Cup of diced Shallots
1 tsp of Black Peppercorns (crushed)
3 Sprigs of fresh Thyme
1 Bay Leaf
1/2 Cup of Madeira (or Port or Marsala) 1/2 Cup of Red Wine
2 Ounces of Veal Demi Glace
4 Ounces of Water


1. Cut the Shallots in a fine dice.
2. Melt the Butter in a small sauce pan, add the Shallots, the crushed Peppercorns, Thyme, Bay Leaf & saute until the Shallots are tender, about 2 minutes.
3. Add the 1/2 Cup of Madeira (or Port or Marsala) & the 1/2 Cup of Red Wine. Cook until it is reduced by half.
4. Add the Demi Glace & the Water. Whisk vigorously until completely dissolved. If the sauce is too thick, add Water a little at a time, until it reaches the consistency of heavy cream.
5. Set aside.