Monday, December 1, 2008

Royal Foodie Joust: Duck Bacon Salad


RFJ time again. And, I was planning to abstain as work has been crazy. But, last month's winners from [eating club] vancouver are two of my favorite bloggy people so I felt obligated...

My entry was time consuming but easy

Coffee, blackpepper and honey duck bacon served on a salad of arugula, carrot and grapefruit dressed with a siracha, honey and blackpepper viniagrette (the title was a couple characters too long to fit in the title slot of the post.)

Basically, make the duck bacon the day before the party. I followed a recipe from epicurious, but changed it slightly. Then make the dressing just before the party, and dress at the absolute last minute.

Duck Bacon
Marinate 1 duck breast in:
3 T Major Greys
3 T Honey
15 black peppercorns crushed
1.5 cups coffee
.5 cups water
.5 cups oil
1/3 cup jaggery
2 1/2 tablespoons Insta Cure No.1

After 15 hrs or so, drain the marinade, pat the breast dry, score the flesh and then smoke.

Slice very, very thin. Serve on salad with shaved carrots and grapefruit (or eat from the fridge.)

Siracha, honey and blackpepper viniagrette
(this is really an approximation)
Mix 1 T sriacha with 1 T honey and microwave for 30 second

Add sea salt and plenty of crushed black pepper

1/2 cup or less grapefruit juice

Drizzle in grapeseed oil while whipping.


Peter M said...

Duck bacon? I was thinking duck pastrami but nevermind labels...adjectives...juicy, tender, succulent come to mind.

Good luck in the Joust...this is a good one!

NKP said...

Wow! This is over the top!
Who knew you could make bacon from ducks?
Beautiful and creative dish.

Alexa said...

What an unusual recipe... I am intrigued. :-)

Heather said...

yum! i love duck. there's a restaurant near me that sells nothing but duck. it's so good. this sounds delicious!!

The CFT said...

Smoked duck bacon! That's my livelihood you're messing with. Curing salt and all. This looks wonderful.

TS of eatingclub vancouver said...

Incredible!!! Looks like a punchy savory salad. And making duck bacon? Wow. We voted for this dish! =D

(Oh, I think that product name is funny: InstaCure No. 1. Teehee.)

Tiina said...

I have never tasted much less tried to make duck bacon, but your lovely recipe just might tempt me to try and make it! The salad looks great!


Nazarina A said...

This royal dish is worth the joust! This picture is so vivid, makes you want to dig in!

Laurie said...

Congratulations for coming in second in the Joust! Your salad looks delicious.

I never got aroung to the Joust this month because my POM Wonderful entry took me too long.

Your blog is wonderful. Don't change a thing!

Cynthia said...

No this is the kind of salad I can live on :)

Anonymous said...

You know why I adore your blog? Because you make and smoke your own duck bacon. That's why you're one of the coolest chicks around.

Anonymous said...

That's amazingly clever, I must say. Duck Bacon...might give it a go over the holiday season. My mother loves duck.

Just saw your poll. Shame I missed it, but I'd like to add a vote for More Story At The Beginning.

Heather said...

Whoa, that looks amazing. Good luck in the RFJ!

eatingclubvancouver_js said...

Thanks for entering: we had some difficulties with the ingredients too.

Duck bacon and that vinaigrette sounds mighty fine!

Unknown said...

This has got to be the best looking salad I have ever seen! It has everything you could ever want in it.

Alexa said...

Maybelle, Happy Holidays to you and your parents!

Anonymous said...

wait, i can MAKE duck bacon at home that easily?

holy shit, my world will never be the same.

Nancy Heller said...

Hey Mom - where are you? We miss you! Hope you had a Happy New Year!

glamah16 said...

Happy New Year. Hope all the best for you and your family in 2009.

Navita (Gupta) Hakim said...

u got a great place...n the dish looks delish

wud luve to show u around my lil new place so swing by sometime:)

Dragon said...

I've never heard of duck bacon. How clever! Your salad looks amazing. :)

Lori said...

Where have you been? Hope everything is good.

This salad looks amazing.

Irina said...

Goodness Me!!! Duck bacon!!! really, I've to admin that I'm hearing it for the first time and more on it, I'm trying to guess how its gonna test? A dish with Honey & coffee in ingredients!!! :-) Interesting!!! I've an experimental test bud and now planning to give a try to your innovative Duck Bacon!!! Cheers Mate...