Duck Breast with Peach and Mango Salsa
For the salsa:
- 1 peeled ripe peach, cut into 1⁄2-inch dice
- 1⁄2 peeled ripe mango, cut into 1⁄2-inch dice
- 1⁄2 small serrano chili, seeded and finely
chopped (about 1⁄2 tsp.), or to taste
- 3 green onions, white and light green portions,
- 1⁄2 cup loosely packed fresh cilantro leaves,
- 2 Tbs. diced red bell pepper (optional)
- 1 1⁄2 Tbs. fresh lime juice
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 4 boneless duck breast halves, each 6 to 7 oz.,
- Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
- 2 tsp. canola oil
Let the duck breasts stand at room temperature for 30 to 60 minutes. Preheat an oven to 375°F.
Using a sharp knife, score the duck skin in several places, being careful not to cut into the flesh. Generously season both sides of each breast with salt and pepper.
In a large, heavy ovenproof fry pan over medium-high heat, warm the oil. Add the duck breasts, skin side down. Cook, without moving or pressing down on them, for 5 minutes, tipping the pan and spooning off the rendered fat halfway through the cooking. The skin should be brown and crisp. Turn the duck breasts over and transfer the pan to the oven. Cook for about 5 minutes more for medium-rare, about 8 minutes more for medium. To check for doneness, make an incision with a sharp knife; the breast should be reddish pink for medium-rare and very pale pink for medium. Remember that they will continue to cook after you remove them from the heat.
Transfer the duck breasts to a carving board, cover loosely with aluminum foil and let rest for 5 minutes.
Slice the duck across the grain about 1/2 inch thick. Fan a sliced duck breast on each warmed individual plate and place a mound of salsa on the side. Serve immediately. Serves 4.