Duck breasts are a breeze to cook and make an impression, especially when served with this beautiful mahogany-colored sauce. Source: EatingWell Magazine, January/February 1998

Patsy Jamieson


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  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

  • Rub crushed peppercorns evenly over both sides of duck breasts. Season with salt. Brush oil evenly over a medium cast-iron or other ovenproof skillet. Heat the pan over medium-high. Add the duck and cook until browned on the bottom, 2 to 2 1/2 minutes. Turn duck over and transfer skillet to oven. Roast until duck reaches desired doneness: 6 minutes for medium, 10 minutes to cook through. Transfer duck to a cutting board and let rest for 5 minutes. Add any juices accumulated on the cutting board to the Port & Dried Cherry Sauce.

  • Carve duck on the diagonal into thin slices. Fan on warm plates and spoon sauce over and around duck. Serve immediately.


Tip: Crush peppercorns with the bottom of a small heavy saucepan.

Nutrition Facts

346 calories; 9.9 g total fat; 1.9 g saturated fat; 89 mg cholesterol; 743 mg sodium. 825 mg potassium; 23.5 g carbohydrates; 1.4 g fiber; 15 g sugar; 27.1 g protein; 2576 IU vitamin a iu; 11 mg vitamin c; 40 mcg folate; 34 mg calcium; 6 mg iron; 39 mg magnesium; 1 mg thiamin;