Don't worry—you don't need to buy a suitcaseful of whole ducks. Use Moulard duck breasts available at dartagnan. Once cured, slice them very thinly and serve with a salad or garnish with tart blueberry preserves, fig chutney, or pickled raisins from Boat Street Pickles murrayscheese.
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When people challenge me to "make trafe safe," they usually mention ham. This breakthrough recipe began with that dare-and my realization that what makes ham taste like itself has less to do with the meat than its cure. My quest for kosher prosciutto-nothing less!
This is about as effortless as home-cured meat can get. A little salt and sugar now will yield you a whole lot of flavor later. Not only is the flavor rich and fragrant, but the prosciutto also presents beautifully on a cutting board with crackers or crostini, aged cheese, pickles, and almonds.
Butterfly the chicken by slicing horizontally into the thick, long side of each breast, taking care not to slice all the way through. Open each breast like a book and place on a work surface. Using a mallet, pound the chicken to even it out a bit.
This duck prosciutto recipe began with my realization that what makes ham taste like itself has less to do with the meat than its cure. My quest for kosher prosciutto—nothing less! Glance at this unassuming duck prosciutto recipe, and you may notice something rather unusual, aside from the fact that it calls for making prosciutto out of duck rather than pig. Not as an ingredient, as a means of hoisting the duck from the top of the refrigerator where it needs to dangle for a couple of weeks.
Traditionally, prosciutto is a salt cured and dry aged Italian ham with a delicate buttery texture. In this duck version, Chef Roberto Leoci spins the story a little differently by using a fresh duck breast and a few simple ingredients. The only thing you may find difficult with his technique…is the waiting.
Those of you who have been intrigued by my various Charcutepalooza posts over the past few months, and would like to try your hand at making your own "meat", but can't imagine taking the time to grind, season, stuff, and smoke your own charcuterie, this post is for YOU! The first challenge of the Charcutepalooza series was to make Duck Prosciutto, but I was late to the party and didn't join in the charcuterie fun until the 3rd month of the 12 month series. I was bummed, because not only do I love traditional pork prosciutto, but I'm a freak for duck. Imagine my excitement then, when digging through my freezer the other day, I found a single and very lonely duck breast, the last of its kind from a D'Artagnan order some time ago.