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Roast duck breasts with parsnip purée

Roast duck breasts with parsnip purée

Roast Duck Breasts with Parsnip Purée  is a classic dish. The duck breasts used for this recipe are called magrets. This is a duck breast that has been completely removed from the bone and has no wing attached. This breast can then have the skin removed or left on. Leaving the skin on gives a crispy finish. The magret refers to the breast of a Moulard duck that has been reared for foie gras. A Moulard duck is a cross between a Muscovy drake and a Pekin hen, and is a sizable bird with a well-developed breast. It also is the preferred duck used to produce foie gras, because of its large size and hearty constitution.  Magret duck breasts usually come vacuum-packed from France and are ready to cook. If you can’t get magrets, simply roast duck breasts still on the carcass, then remove them from the bone once cooked and rested. 

Mushroom gougere

Mushroom gougere

Gougère is a savoury choux pastry with a filling of mixed mushrooms, flavoured with tarragon, and baked until golden brown. Gougère, said to comes from Burgundy, is a baked savory choux pastry made of choux dough mixed with cheese. There are many variants. The cheese is commonly grated GruyèreComté, or Emmentaler, but there are many variants using other cheeses or other ingredients. Gougères can be made as small pastries, 3–4 cm. in diameter; aperitif gougères; 10–12 cm.; individual gougères; or in a ring. Sometimes they are filled with ingredients such as mushrooms, beef, or ham; in this case the gougère is usually made using a ring or pie tin.