A quick and utterly delicious version of a classic partnership, grilled duck breast with minted peas.
• Prep time: 5 minutes
• Cook time: 25-35 minutes
• Yield: Serves 2
• 250g shelled garden pea, about 800g/1lb 12oz in their pods
• about 15 mint leaves
• 50g unsalted butter, softened
• 2 ducks breasts, ideally Barbary or Gressingham
• dried herbes de Provence or dried thyme, or oregano
• buttered new potatoes, to serve
- Shell the peas and set aside. Chop the mint and blend into the butter. Pat the duck dry with kitchen paper and place on the oiled rack of a grill pan (or place a small cake rack in a roasting pan). Use a long sharp knife to score the skin of the duck in a diamond lattice pattern. Sprinkle the skin with salt and dried herbs. (If you wish, the duck, peas and mint butter can now be covered and set aside in a cool place for a couple of hours until ready to cook).
- Preheat the grill to very hot. Grill the duck breasts skin-side up for 10 minutes (watch carefully as you do this because the hot fat can splatter) until the skin is browning and has yielded most of its fat – carefully pour this off and reserve for roasting potatoes. Turn the duck over and grill on the flesh side for 5-10 minutes, depending on how rare you like the meat. Turn off the heat and allow the duck to rest while you prepare the peas.
- Cook the peas in boiling salted water for 3-5 minutes or until the peas are just tender and still bright green. Drain in a colander and return to the hot pan with the mint butter. Toss the peas until evenly coated with the butter.
- Serve the duck breasts whole or sliced with the minted peas, accompanied by buttered new potatoes.
This great family recipe is thanks to BBC Goodfood Recipes at https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/1841/grilled-duck-breast-with-minted-peas