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Duck with Harvest Medley

Total Time

Prep: 45 min. Bake: 15 min.


6 servings

We created a balsamic vinegar reduction to enhance the fantastic flavors of duck and sweet potatoes in this elegant entree.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen


  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cups pearl onions
  • 2 cups balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 cup dried cherries
  • 6 duck breasts with skin (5 ounces each)
  • 1 tablespoon thinly sliced fresh sage leaves
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 1 teaspoon pepper, divided
  • 4 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup white wine or additional chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans, optional
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley


  1. In a large saucepan, bring water to a boil. Add pearl onions; boil for 3 minutes. Drain and rinse in cold water; peel and set aside.
  2. In another large saucepan, bring the vinegar, syrup and brown sugar to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 15 minutes or until liquid is nearly reduced by half. Add cherries; simmer 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat; set aside.
  3. Preheat oven to 375°. Cut a pocket in each duck breast. Stuff with sage; sprinkle with 1-1/2 teaspoons salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Place skin side down in a large skillet. Cook over medium-low heat 10-12 minutes or until most of the duck fat has melted. Turn; cook 2-3 minutes or until lightly browned. Reserve drippings.
  4. Transfer duck to a 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake, uncovered, 15-22 minutes or until meat reaches desired doneness (for medium, a thermometer should read 165°; well-done, 180°).
  5. In duck drippings, saute sweet potatoes and pearl onions 6-8 minutes or until lightly browned. Stir in broth, wine, cumin, and remaining salt and pepper. Cook 3-5 minute or until potatoes are tender. Stir in pecans if desired. Serve with duck and cherry sauce. Garnish with parsley.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 599 calories, 26g fat (9g saturated fat), 74mg cholesterol, 1162mg sodium, 71g carbohydrate (48g sugars, 3g fiber), 20g protein.

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