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What would you do with

by Tom NJ » Mon Mar 03, 2014 5:13 pm

2 quarts of duck stock you just made because buckets-o-duck-wings were on sale at your local Asian market the other day? Not involving molecular gel and centrifuge wizardry, and without any duck meat to hand either....
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Re: What would you do with

by Carl Eppig » Mon Mar 03, 2014 5:20 pm

We'd put it in fridge and use for anything your would use stock for such as rice, soup, or other dishes not requiring flavor from a specific animal. We have a combo chicken and lamb stock in there now, and since the chicken was stuffed with apples and onions, that makes it all the more interesting!
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Re: What would you do with

by Tom Troiano » Mon Mar 03, 2014 5:34 pm

I would chill it and remove the fat then add equal parts red wine (or port!) and reduce the hell out of it until you have a cup of a beautiful rich dark sauce that I'd then serve with grilled duck breast.
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Re: What would you do with

by Tom NJ » Mon Mar 03, 2014 5:38 pm

Carl Eppig wrote:We'd put it in fridge and use for anything your would use stock for such as rice, soup, or other dishes not requiring flavor from a specific animal.


Good call. I'm probably going to do that with some of it. This batch, though, has a particularly strong - and identifiable - duck flavor. I really took care to concentrate it. So I want to make a few things that you can taste and go, "Wow, that's fowl!" Yesterday I roasted a cream of roasted butternut squash soup using some of that stock as the liquid, and it was terrific. Now I'm trying to think of other non-traditional roles it can star in.

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Re: What would you do with

by Tom NJ » Mon Mar 03, 2014 5:43 pm

Tom Troiano wrote:I would chill it and remove the fat then add equal parts red wine (or port!) and reduce the hell out of it until you have a cup of a beautiful rich dark sauce that I'd then serve with grilled duck breast.


I did skim off the fat, which is now getting ready for my wife's fave: fingerling potatoes simmered in duck fat and eaten before they have a chance to cool enough not to cause 2nd degree burns. (I did save a little to saute some asparagus spears in, my own little guilty pleasure.)

Yeah, that reduction to a demi-glaze sounds great...but duck breasts are kinda out of my price reach at the moment (the bucket-o-wings was only 3-bucks, god bless those Asians). Still, it's a great idea to use on other grilled items. Thanks!
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Re: What would you do with

by Alan Wolfe » Mon Mar 03, 2014 9:45 pm

Risotto!
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Re: What would you do with

by Jeff Grossman/NYC » Tue Mar 04, 2014 1:39 am

Fill your own soup dumplings.

Sweeten slightly then use as a glaze over squash or another bird - brush it on, roast a while, brush more on, roast a while....

Use as the base for an onion soup instead of beef.

Save it for the summer and make madrilene (a cold soup of broth, tomato, and gelatin) or gazpacho.

(Of course, there's nothing wrong with the demi-glace ideas.)
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Re: What would you do with

by Tom NJ » Tue Mar 04, 2014 5:22 am

Terrific suggestions, Alan and Jeff. Thanks very much!
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Re: What would you do with

by Dale Williams » Tue Mar 04, 2014 11:31 am

Good ideas. If it was me, and I didn't have access to more duck, I'd probably do a risotto as Alan suggested (probably mushroom, as duck and mushroom seem to have a natural affinity). Or maybe use the stock as base for cooking some white beans, and adding some sausage- kind of a faux cassoulet. Lots of flavor for about $6.
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Re: What would you do with

by Tom NJ » Tue Mar 04, 2014 1:23 pm

Dale Williams wrote:...kind of a faux cassoulet. Lots of flavor for about $6.


Y'know, that sounds excellent. Thanks for that, I wouldn't have thought of that one.

I know in Japanese cuisine duck is often paired with scallions (thank you, original Iron Chef Japan!), so I was toying with a Jap-anized French onion soup. Duck stock, scallions, and rice crackers with melted tofu? Lol...still working out the details.

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Re: What would you do with

by Dale Williams » Tue Mar 04, 2014 2:20 pm

Tom NJ wrote:I know in Japanese cuisine duck is often paired with scallions (thank you, original Iron Chef Japan!), so I was toying with a Jap-anized French onion soup. Duck stock, scallions, and rice crackers with melted tofu? Lol...still working out the details.

Concept sounds tasty, but I don't think tofu melts! Maybe you could mix something with soft tofu though
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Re: What would you do with

by Tom NJ » Tue Mar 04, 2014 6:04 pm

Dale Williams wrote:Concept sounds tasty, but I don't think tofu melts! Maybe you could mix something with soft tofu though


Heh. The tofu was a bit of a joke, since it looks kinda sorta like Swiss cheese if you squint hard and have just downed a quart of Asahi. I would probably more go with something like a paste of shiro miso and some aromatic. Or maybe I'll use Emmentaler and go full tilt fusion!
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Re: What would you do with

by Jenise » Tue Mar 04, 2014 10:23 pm

Tom NJ wrote:
Dale Williams wrote:Concept sounds tasty, but I don't think tofu melts! Maybe you could mix something with soft tofu though


Heh. The tofu was a bit of a joke, since it looks kinda sorta like Swiss cheese if you squint hard and have just downed a quart of Asahi. I would probably more go with something like a paste of shiro miso and some aromatic. Or maybe I'll use Emmentaler and go full tilt fusion!


Brush a won ton wrapper with EVOO, then bake at a high temp until crisp with some parm on top. Use that for your crouton.
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Re: What would you do with

by Tom NJ » Wed Mar 05, 2014 12:37 pm

Jenise wrote:
Tom NJ wrote:Brush a won ton wrapper with EVOO, then bake at a high temp until crisp with some parm on top. Use that for your crouton.


I think I'll use that for my snack trays in the future! Thanks, Jenise :D
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Re: What would you do with

by GeoCWeyer » Thu Mar 06, 2014 6:55 pm

I use it blended with beef stock and make French style onion soup. It provides a wonderful complex rich flavor to the soup.
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Re: What would you do with

by Tom NJ » Fri Mar 07, 2014 5:15 am

GeoCWeyer wrote:I use it blended with beef stock and make French style onion soup. It provides a wonderful complex rich flavor to the soup.


Thanks - I'll have to remember that next time.

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