Duck Pastrami

Sent to me by a colleague in the US, this is a rather unusual recipe, originally by Emeril Lagasse.

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1 tablespoon black peppercorns
3 teaspoons dried thyme
3 bay leaves, crumbled 1 teaspoon whole cloves
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1 teaspoon whole juniper berries, plus 1/3 cup
coarsely ground juniper berries
4 cups water
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup kosher salt
1 whole boneless duck breast, split in half (2 to 2 1/2 pounds)
1/4 cup coarsely ground black pepper
Thinly sliced French bread, accompaniment
Creole mustard, accompaniment
Pickled onions, accompaniment
In a small mixing bowl, combine the peppercorns, thyme, bay leaves, cloves, garlic, and 1 teaspoon whole juniper berries.
In a saucepan combine the water, brown sugar and salt.
Bring to a boil and stir to dissolve the sugar and salt.
Remove from the heat, add spice mixture, and steep for 1 hour.
Place the duck breast in a glass or plastic container.
Pour the seasoned brine over the duck to cover completely.
Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 48 hours, turning the breasts several times.
Remove the duck breasts from the brine and rinse thoroughly under running water. Pat dry with a towel.
Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F.
In a small bowl, combine the crushed juniper berries and ground black pepper.
Using the palm and heel of your hands, press 2/3 of the berry and pepper mixture into the underside of the breasts.
Press the remaining mixture onto the skin side.
Place the breasts, skin side down, on a rack in a roasting pan and cook for 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
Remove and let cool for 30 minutes.
Wrap the breasts tightly in plastic wrap and place in an airtight container.
Store in the refrigerator for at least 1 week before using.
To serve, remove the meat from the plastic wrap and slice thinly. Serve
with sliced French bread and other accompaniments as appetizers or hors d’oeuvres
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3 Responses to Duck Pastrami

  1. elisa says:

    This sounds so yummy!!!
    What do juniper berries look and taste like? Does it have a malay/indonesian name?

  2. Hèni says:

    Esalaam and Hello Richard;

    Thanks for visiing my blog, commenting and linking me. Wonderful blog you have … just what I have been looking for: halal Charcuterie. Machallah I see there are many delicious recipes for me to try, including this duck pastrami! Def a must try!

    Wishing you and your family a wonderful Eid el Adha!

    Hèni @Simplicity’s table by the sea

    • Wa`alaikum Salam Heni,

      I have visited your blog a number of times in the past and always find some inpiration, Thank you!

      And wishing you and your family a wonderful Eid el Adha also!

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