Salt Cured Duck Breast and Jerusalem Artichokes Salad
A week after Christmas, whole, fresh ducks were on sale in Denmark. I bought one, and once I was at home, I cut off the breasts and legs. I made salt cured duck breast , which can take up to a week, and placed the legs in the freezer. Now the breasts are finished and I am serving them tonight with a Jerusalem Artichokes salad. In a few days I will be making the duck legs with a nice red wine sauce celery root, kohlrabi and apple mash.
Salt Cured Duck breast and Jerusalem Artichokes Salad
servings as an appetizer
boneless duck breasts with skin
cups kosher salt
cup packed dark brown sugar
cracked juniper berries
tsp. coarsely cracked black peppercorns
To make duck, cut the skin with parallel slits without cutting into meat. Mix remaining ingredients in a medium bowl. Arrange 2 sheets of plastic wrap side by side on a work surface. Spread 1 scant cup salt mixture (do not pack) in center of each sheet, spreading mixture to match the size of the duck breasts. Top each with 1 duck breast, skin side down. Spread remaining salt mixture over meat, dividing equally. Bring plastic wrap up and over each duck breast, wrapping tightly. Place on a small rimmed plate, skin side down and refrigerate for 7 days to cure.
To serve, unwrap duck breasts. Scrape off salt mixture, (do not rinse). Using a long, sharp knife, thinly slice meat. Arrange on 4 plates or a large platter. Serve with fresh figs, chutney or a salad.
Salad with raw marinated Jerusalem Artichokes and Dried Cranberries
lb. Jerusalem Artichokes*
tbsp. apple cider vinegar
chopped small shallots
small head Bibb salad
oz. dried cranberries
and freshly ground pepper
To make salad, scrub Jerusalem Artichokes and slice them on a mandolin. Place slices in a bowl. Whisk a dressing of vinegar, oil and ½ tsp. salt and pour over the Jerusalem Artichokes. Let stand 30 minutes.
To serve, place salad and parsley on 4 plates and arrange Jerusalem Artichokes on top of salad. Sprinkle chopped shallots and cranberries over.
*Jerusalem artichokes are also known as sunchokes.