A French Valentine for 2


  • 2 Magret duck breasts, skin scored in a cross-hatch pattern
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 cup duck and veal demi-glace
  • 1 cup full-bodied red wine
  • ¼ cup armagnac
  • 3 tbsp. black truffle butter


1. Season duck generously on both sides with salt and pepper. Place duck skin side down in a 12” skillet; heat over medium-high heat. Cook, without flipping, until fat is rendered and skin is crisp, 5–6 minutes. Flip duck; cook until browned and to desired doneness, about 3 minutes for medium rare or until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the duck reads 130°. Transfer duck to a cutting board; let rest 10 minutes before thinly slicing on an angle.

2. While duck is resting, make the sauce: Drain all but 1 tbsp. duck fat from pan; add shallot to skillet and cook, 2 minutes, until translucent. Add demi-glace and red wine and reduce by half, 20 minutes. Add armagnac and cook until alcohol is cooked off, about 3 minutes. Whisk in butter and season with salt and pepper. Serve over duck breast.


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