Braised wild duck breasts in a spiced wine sa

Yield: 4 Servings

Measure Ingredient
4 \N Duck breasts; whole, with ribs and backs
4 \N Bacon strips
1 clove Garlic; finely minced
1 teaspoon Dried parsley
½ teaspoon Dried thyme
½ teaspoon Marjoram
\N \N Salt
\N \N Freshly ground coarse Black pepper
1 \N Bay leaf
½ cup Onion; coarsely chopped
10 ounces Can mushrooms and juice
½ cup Sven's Glogg*
½ cup Chicken stock

* A spiced wine, which see, or sub red wine that has had a pinch each orange peel, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and anise steeped in it.

Pre-heat oven to 400. Place the skinned breasts in a casserole. Lay 2 half strips of bacon over each breast. Sprinkle the seasonings over the birds and then the onions and mushrooms. Pour the mushroom juice, wine and a little stock over all and cover the casserole. Bake for 20 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 300 and bake for a further 55 minutes.

This dish tastes even better if it is allowed to cool slowly with the breasts marinading in the stock and re-heated the next day for serving.

Alternatively the cold cooked breasts can be boned; the stock thickened with cornstarch or flour and the breast medallions heated briefly in the simmering gravy and served on toast.

An original recipe by Jim Weller.

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