Accidental Locavore Farmbasket Week 3, Spinach and Breast of Duck

by Anne Maxfield on June 14, 2010

Accidental Locavore Broccoli, Radishes and Peas
And it’s not officially summer for another week!
There’s so much growing on the farm, and a lot of it showed up in the Accidental Locaovre’s basket this week. There were peas, broccoli, spinach, beets, radishes, rainbow chard, and a big head of red leaf lettuce.
  • The beets, which I hate, but my husband loves, will get wrapped in foil and tossed in a 350 degree oven for about 45 minutes until they’re tender. Then he can do whatever he wants with them.
  • I made a lovely (local) duck breast the other night with a recipe I picked up last weekend at the CIA lecture with Chef Rob Mullooly. For his lecture, he made a Pinot Noir Sauce, which I’m happy to share if you want, but I was looking for simple and easy the other night, so I just sauteed it. 
  • Rob puts a little olive oil in a saute pan over medium heat.
  • While that’s heating up, turn your oven to 350 degrees, score the skin/fat side of the breast, and sprinkle (from up high) salt and pepper.
  • Put the duck breast skin side down in the pan, and let it saute until the skin is nicely brown and crispy looking. If a lot of fat has rendered, you might want to pour it out from time to time.
  • Flip the breast in the pan, and toss it in the oven. Let it cook until it’s cooked through about 5-6 minutes, depending on how you like your duck.
  • Let it rest for a few minutes, then slice and serve.
  • While my duck was resting, I took some of the duck fat in the pan, and added my spinach to it, along with about 2 cloves of garlic, minced, and a handful of pine nuts. When the spinach was wilted, I plated that with my duck breast on top. Delicious!
If you don’t know how to check for doneness, here’s a tip I learned a long time ago from my local butcher. Put the thumb and first finger of your right hand together, take the index finger of your left hand and poke the flashy part below your thumb, that’s rare. If you switch your fingers, you go from medium rare, to medium, to well done (pinky to thumb). That’s how your duck, or steak should feel when it’s cooked to your liking.
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