Looking for an alternative to everyday protein choices? Let’s talk about duck. When I was a kid, my only experience with duck was a whole roasted one that was usually greasy, overcooked, and drowned in overly sweet orange or cherry sauce. Did you have the same?
My experience and attitude changed when I first tasted Pekin duck in Chinatown as a teenager. I couldn’t get enough of it and then promptly fell in love with hoisin sauce. Fast forward to the 70s and 80s when duck was suddenly everywhere—from California-style pizzas to amazing chopped salads.
At DLM, we carry Culver Duck from Middlebury, IN. Their ducks are antibiotic free, sustainably raised, fed a vegetarian diet, and are free roaming. We like their strict standards as the quality really shines through in the flavor.
What has changed since my early experiences with duck is how easy it is now for the home cook to actually prepare it without having to roast the whole thing and smoke up the house. We carry smoked and fully cooked breasts along with legs and whole or half birds. So whether it’s the main dish, tossed in a salad, or carved tableside, branch out a little bit and taste how good duck can be.
- Try smoked duck breast sliced thin on your next charcuterie platter. A boneless breast can cook up in 15 minutes or so and is simply delicious. As an added bonus, that skin gets so darn crispy it’s almost addicting!
- I’d be remiss if I didn’t brag about the recipe-ready duck confit. It’s wicked good and so much time is saved by getting it already perfectly cooked. Heat in a hot pan and voilà, so much flavor.
- Try shredding a little duck confit over a winter salad or stir into a bubbling pot of lentils or beans for added depth of flavor.