Beautifully cooked duck breast is paired with a remarkable passion fruit sauce in this duck recipe from Marcello Tully. Crushed potatoes provide a hearty companion to the duck, and you can serve the dish with lightly cooked green beans, as shown in the image. When choosing a whisky for the passion fruit sauce, choose a whisky with lighter, sweeter notes; Irish whiskey and several whisky blends are quite suitable, or Speyside whiskies if you are using a single malt

Start with the passion fruit sauce by cutting the fruit in half, remove the pulp and seeds and flesh from inside and place in a small saucepan
Next, add the whisky and star anis and bring to the boil. The whisky may flambé, allow the alcohol to burn off and remove the pan from the heat until the flame burns out
Add the maple syrup and black treacle and bring back to the boil. Remove from the heat to allow the ingredients to infuse. Reheat the sauce when ready to serve
Wash and place the new potatoes into a suitable sized pan, cover with cold water and bring to the boil. Cook for about 10-15 minutes of until tender. Strain and leave to cool slightly
While the potatoes are cooling, place the duck breast on a chopping board, skin side up and using a sharp knife, score the skin in a diagonal direction. Then turn the duck breast around and score in the opposite direction
Season the duck breast with a salt and black pepper. Heat an oven proof frying pan on a high heat. Once the pan is very hot place the duck breast, skin side down, into the dry pan. Reduce the heat so that it gently fries and cook for 5 minutes until golden brown
Preheat the oven to 190˚C/gas mark 5. Transfer the frying pan into the oven and cook the breast for 3 minutes on one side, then turn the duck breast over and cook for another 3 minutes
Remove from the oven and transfer the breast onto a board or plate and allow to rest in a warm place for a good 5 minutes
While the duck is resting, heat a large frying pan on a medium heat and add a large knob of butter. As soon as the butter begins to foam, add the potatoes, slightly crushing each one in your hand before adding into the pan
Toss the potatoes in the warm butter and season with salt to taste. Remove the pan from the heat and add in the chives just before serving alongside the carved duck breast and hot passion fruit sauce
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I did cook this for Valentine's and both my partner and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's not a difficult one and the result is fab!
18 February 2014
I live in duck country and I love both duck and passion fruit. The duck was all right, although I cut it into slices and I did not cook it in the oven. I was so disappointed in the sauce, it was better when it was cold, but still there was something wrong with it. Funnily enough I thoroughly enjoyed the tatties.
14 September 2013
Chef wannabe
A recipe worth trying . The passion fruit sauce went well with the duck .
It's a good dish for a party , it certainly impressed our friends
2 January 2014
Fabulous dish, but don't think the passionfruit seeds help - too crunchy and add a strange note. Strongly suggest sieving the sauce to remove, maybe placing a few on top of the duck as a garnish
14 February 2013