The resulting meat is so delicious: reddish pink like a good steak, with an incredibly crispy skin that almost melts in your mouth. It's a serious indulgence, and probably just as expensive as an excellent steak.
So, why not? Next time you're looking for an extra-special meal, or trying to impress someone with a romantic dinner for two, why not try a duck breast instead? Poultry isn't just about chicken and the Thanksgiving turkey; if you eat meat then duck is a really wonderful indulgence, once in a while.
Duck magret is a little hard to find (unless you live in France) but look at your specialty butcher, and at Whole Foods. You can also find it at online purveyors like D'Artagnan:
• Duck Breast and Magret at D'Artagnan
The duck pictured above is from this cooking class I took in France.
If you cook duck, what is your favorite way to make it?
(Image: Faith Durand)