Duck Breast with Cherry Sauce

Duck breast with cherry sauce is a very elegant and easy meal to make for dinner. To accompany this dish you can use mashed potato or cooked rice. The breast and the sauce are already a highlight, so I wouldn’t go overboard with the side dish.

I love Christmas time in Germany. The Christmas Market is open and the families meet each weekend to share a festive meal together. Still with the year ending each of us has things to finish up before the celebration time comes. This recipe is exactly for this time of year: tasty, elegant, and done under 30 minutes!

I love Christmas time in Germany. The Christmas Market is open and the families meet each weekend to share a festive meal together. Still with the year ending each of us has things to finish up before the celebration time comes. This recipe is exactly for this time of year: tasty, elegant, and done under 30 minutes!

IN MY KITCHEN

To prepare the Duck Breast with Cherry Sauce you need to follow simple steps. The duck breast will be fried by using the iron pan and because of that, it is nice and crispy from the outside. We like our duck breast to be medium from the inside and the best way to achieve this is to check its temperature of it in the oven. Here is the temperature that you are looking for:

For medium, you need: 140°F (60°C)

For well-done: 155°F (68°F)

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Duck Breast in Cherry Sauce

Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine German
Servings 2 people

Ingredients
 
 

  • 2 duck breasts
  • 100 ml porto wine
  • 100 ml cherry juice
  • 4 tbsp sour cherries
  • 200 ml chicken fond
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • salt and pepper
  • mash potatoes to serve

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 100°Celcius (212°F)
  • Wash the duck breast, dry and incise the skin crosswise (see the youtube video).
  • Salt and pepper the skin of the breast.
  • Place the duck breast in the cold pan with the skin side down.
  • Fry for 5 minutes. Turn around and fry for another 5 minutes
  • Place the breasts in the oven and let it rest while you prepare the sauce

Sauce

  • To the same pan add cherry juice and porto and reduce it for 3-5 minutes.
  • Add sugar and wait until the sauce thickens. Add the cherries. 
  • Serve with mash potatoes!

If you are looking for other festive recipes I would recommend you to check this Traditional German Roasted Goose Recipe out! It is as simple to make as this one and also very delicious.

IN MY KITCHEN

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Marta Kieser is a food guide and blogger who lives in Frankfurt with her husband and 1-year-old son. Apart from food guiding, she loves cooking, having guests over, swimming, hiking, and running. 

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