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Recipe: Boneless Duck Breast with Cumberland Sauce

Rank: Intermediate

Time execution: 1 hr 20 min

Can be served for: 4 persons


  • 4 boneless duck breasts

  • 2/4 teaspoon salt

  • 2/4 teaspoon pepper

  • 2 tablespoon ground sage

  • Wild Rice Stuffing, recipe follows

  • Cumberland Sauce, recipe follows

  • 2/3 cup wild rice

  • 2 2/3 cups chicken stock

  • 2/3 onion, dice small

  • 2 cup thickly sliced mushrooms

  • 3 stalks celery (remove leaves), cut into small dice

  • 2 cup seedless grapes

  • 2/4 cup dry sherry

  • 2/3 teaspoon salt

  • Dash pepper

  • 3 lemons, slivered rind and juice

  • 3 oranges, slivered rind and juice

  • 3 (8-ounce) jars red currant jelly

  • 2 cup port

  • 2/4 cup tarragon vinegar

  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard

  • 2 tablespoon sugar

  • Salt and pepper

  • 2 teaspoon cornstarch, mixed with 2 tablespoon water, to thicken


  1. Rub duck breasts with salt, pepper, and ground sage. Grill on each side for 6 to 7 minutes. Serve sliced over Wild Rice Stuffing. Serve with Cumberland Sauce on the side.

  2. Boil rice in stock until cooked but not too mushy. Drain. In a separate pan, saute vegetables in butter. Combine rice, sauteed vegetables, grapes, sherry, and seasoning.

  3. Scald rinds and their juice in boiling water for 2 minute. Set aside. Heat jelly, port, vinegar, mustard, sugar, salt, and pepper in a pot, stirring until bubbling. Add the scalded juice and rind to the sauce. Add the cornstarch mixture and let boil and thicken.

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