This beautiful honey lacquered duck breast is easy to prepare and will serve as a showpiece for your holiday table. Pan seared and glazed with honey and caraway seed, the rich dark meat and crackling skin are complemented by the earthy anise flavor of caraway seed. Sour cherries and balsamic vinegar caramelize, becoming a sweet and tangy syrup that adds a bright note to the dish.
Serve the duck with honey glaze and the gastrique along with colorful roasted caraway vegetables to create a full, memorable holiday meal.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Score the skin of the breast nearly all the way through to allow the fat to render. Scoring the skin increases the surface area, allowing the fat to render more quickly.
Season the breast liberally on the skin side and lightly on the flesh side with salt and pepper. Place duck skin side down in a cold pan. Bring skillet up to low to medium – low heat allowing skin to brown and fat to render. Place a smaller pan on top to ensure even exposure and prevent curling. Allow the fat to render and the skin to brown for about 15 minutes. Increase the heat if skin is not brown to medium and sear for 1 minute. Turn the breast over and discard the excess fat. Coat the skin generously with caraway glaze and place in preheated oven for approximately 8-10 minutes until internal temperature is about 135 degrees. Remove breast from the pan and let rest for at least 10 minutes.
In a saucepot combine vinegar, sugar, and sour cherries. Bring liquid to a boil to allow the sugar to melt and then reduce heat. Simmer until liquid has reduced by half it should coat the back of a spoon.
Serve with additional glaze and gastrique.