Duck Lettuce Wraps
Updated: Nov 6
This lettuce wrap is deliciously easy, no dressing needed with mild Rozie's RelSa, the duck breast is braised and even the little Halo or Cutie Mandarins are easy to peel.
Duck breast Ingredients:
2 boneless skinless duck breasts
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
Salt and Pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, sliced
1/4 cup cooking sherry
1/2 cup beef broth
Cooking instructions for duck:
Combine 2 tablespoons olive oil, garlic, Worcestershire sauce and duck breasts in shallow bowl, cover and refrigerate for 1-2 hours.
In a heavy bottom pot (I prefer ceramic coated cast iron - LeCreuset) heat 1 tablespoon olive oil. Remove duck from marinade (save), salt and pepper and place in heated pot, add onions. Flip duck to sear the other side. Add the marinade and cooking sherry, heat to simmering.
Add beef broth and heat to boiling for 1-2 minutes, place lid on pot and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove duck from pan and let rest then cool before slicing.
This is a great step to do the day ahead or first thing in the morning.
2 small zucchini
2 tablespoons olive oil
Grilling directions for zucchini:
Using a stove top griddle (does not work well on and actual grill) heat to medium. Slice zucchini lengthwise on a mandolin, brush both sides with olive oil. Lay zucchini slices on griddle and heat for 2 minutes per side, remove and salt.
This is also a good step to do ahead of time, this zucchini when prepare holds up well in the refrigerator for a couple of days on a plate and covered with saran. I do this all the time and eat the zucchini as a snack.
Ingredients to build lettuce wraps:
1 can water chestnuts, sliced
1 heaping cup matchstick carrots
1 bunch scallions, discard most of the white and slice - reserve some slices to garnish
2 mandarins, peeled and segmented
1/3 cup Rozie's Mild RelSa
Cherry or grape tomatoes, sliced or you could halve them
Lovely lettuce leaves - this could be the challenge to find exactly what you want. A small perfect Romaine leaf makes a nice lettuce wrap, bibb lettuce and iceberg work and sometimes you'll find some specialty heads as you see in the photo.
The mix and build:
Slice the duck breasts to about 1/3 inch slices and then cube add to medium bowl.
Take water chestnuts, carrots, scallions, Mandarin segments and RelSa, add to bowl and combine. Now add cherry tomato slices.
Arrange your lettuce on plates or a platter, take a swing arm scoop and lay your delicate grilled zucchini across it. Now scoop your mixture and wrap the zucchini onto what will be the bottom of it when you scoop it onto the lettuce *(note to self - photograph this step next time). Scoop onto lettuce and garnish with scallions.
Makes 12 wraps