Warm duck salad with sweet and sour pomegranate sauce
A ruby red, leathery case holds a parcel of little jewels, the pretty translucent rosy-coloured seeds
Photo: Marina Oliphant
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- 4 tbsp walnuts
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 4 duck breasts
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- 1 large red onion, thinly sliced
- 1/2 tsp ground cumin
- 4 tbsp pomegranate molasses
- 2 tbsp water
- Seeds from 1/2 a pomegranate
- 2 tbsp mint leaves, chopped
Preheat oven to 180C. Roast walnuts for 5 minutes or until lightly coloured. Cool then roughly chop.
In a heavy-based pan over a medium heat, heat the olive oil and cook the duck breast, skin side down, for about 7 mins or until golden and crisp. Season with salt and pepper and cook on the other side for a couple of minutes. Place duck breasts on a tray and finish cooking in the oven for about 5 mins.
Pour some of the excess fat from the pan and add the sliced onion. Cook gently until softened, then add the cumin. Stir and cook for a minute, then add the pomegranate molasses and water. Remove the duck breasts to a warm place and allow to rest.Finish the sauce by simmering for about 5 mins to reduce and thicken. Add the pomegranate seeds, walnuts, chopped mint and season with salt.
Slice duck, pour over the sauce and serve.
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