We then decided to cook up some duck breast; fortunately, some local farmers have an abundance of ducks. You can also find them online or at better — butcher shops and they come frozen.
So we scored the duck skin with a sharp knife taking care not to cut into the meat.
We then seasoned with salt and pepper.
We then placed the breast into a cast iron pan and turned up the heat to medium-high to get crisp skins. That takes about 5 to 8 minutes.
Once crispy we took them out and placed them on dinner dish and smeared a whole large clove of roasted garlic on top.
Yum Yummy! It has a sweet caramelized garlicky flavor and melts into the crispy skin during finishing.
The breast was finished in the oven at 350 degrees for about 8 to 10 minutes for medium-rare, 12 to 15 minutes for medium-well.
While the breasts were cooking we used the duck fat in the cast iron pan to make our favorite home fries. The duck fat brings a heavenly flavor other cooking oils don’t have.
We brown up the potatoes and when they’re about two-thirds brown add in some cut red, yellow, and orange peppers, half a large onion, and one jalapeno. We like to leave the seeds in the jalapeno for some heat but you can remove the seeds if you want mild. The home fries take about 15 minutes.
The final act is to season the potatoes with our favorite spice blend using a large tablespoon of caraway seeds, thyme, salt, and three tablespoons or 4 or 5 cloves of garlic chopped fine.
Turn the heat down to low and add the spice at the last minute so as to not to burn the garlic. Flip the home fries and mix the spice blend well.
Turn the heat off as the cast iron pan holds enough remaining heat to brown up the garlic. When you see it brown lightly, it’s done. The kitchen will smell wonderful! Plate up and enjoy it!