Grilled Maple Five-Spice Duck Breasts
By Gail Gordon Oliver
It's amazing how so few ingredients can create a dish that draws raves and cravings for more. Duck breasts are best served medium to medium-rare and this is totally safe. Since all duck meat is dark, these breasts come off the grill rich-tasting and juicy.
Makes 4 servings
1 tbsp light tamari sauce
1 tbsp pure maple syrup, preferably dark
1 tsp Chinese five spice powder
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
pinch ground cayenne (optional)
2 boneless duck breasts (3/4- to 1-pound each)
In a small bowl, whisk together the tamari, maple syrup, five-spice, pepper and cayenne (if using). Using a sharp knife, score the duck skin in a 3/4-inch diamond pattern, taking care not to cut into the flesh. Rub the sauce evenly over all surfaces of the duck. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or up to one day.
Preheat a gas grill on medium. Turn off the centre burner. Grease the grill. Place the duck on the centre of the grill, skin-side down, and cook, lid down, for 8 minutes. Turn the duck over and grill for 7 minutes, lid down. Transfer the duck, skin-side down to the lit side of the grill and cook over direct heat for 5 minutes, keeping an eye on possible flareups. Allow the duck to rest for about ten minutes before slicing.