Tea-Smoked Duck Fettuccine

By foxeslovelemons
February 11, 2013
5 Comments


Author Notes: This dish uses an Asian-inspired smoking technique to infuse duck legs with a subtle tea flavor, although the finished dish has an Italian slant. Fettuccine is boiled with tea bags so that the pasta has a delicate tea note that echoes the duck. The two tea-infused elements are brought together with ingredients that classically pair well with duck - shallots, mushrooms and cherries - along with a creamy sauce and a sprinkle of crunchy pistachio. This decadent pasta serves 2 as a satisfying main course, or 4 to 6 as a tasting-portion appetizer.foxeslovelemons

Serves: 2

Ingredients

  • 2 duck legs (about 1 pound)
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup ground tea leaves (I took the leaves out of Lipton tea bags)
  • 1/4 cup white rice
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary, divided
  • 4 tea bags
  • 6 ounces fettuccine
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced
  • 6 ounces cremini mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons dried cherries, coarsely chopped
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped pistachios
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

Directions

  1. Rub duck legs with 2 teaspoons salt. Place on rack set over sheet pan, and refrigerate, uncovered, overnight. (This step is very important because it allows the skin of the duck to dry out (form a pellicle), which allows the smoke flavor to adhere to the duck).
  2. Preheat oven to 275°. Create a smoking chamber: Line a roasting pan crosswise with several sheets of foil, overlapping each sheet by at least 2 inches. The bottoms and sides of pan should be completely covered in foil; at least 18 inches of excess foil should extend over long edges of the pan. Scatter bay leaf, flour, sugar, tea leaves, rice and 1 teaspoon rosemary on bottom of foil-lined pan. Heat pan on stovetop over high heat until rice starts to smoke, about 2 to 3 minutes; remove from heat. Place roasting pan rack on foil above smoking ingredients; place duck legs on rack. Fold foil up and over rack and duck; fold and crimp to seal tightly (this process is a little tricky, but don't worry about it being perfect -if you need to, press an extra sheet of foil across the top to make sure the smoking chamber is sealed tightly). Roast 2 hours or until internal temperature of duck reaches 165°. Remove meat from bone and pull meat; set aside.
  3. Heat large covered saucepot of salted water to boiling over high heat. Add tea bags and pasta and cook as label directs; drain. Discard tea bags.
  4. Meanwhile, in medium saucepan, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add shallot and mushrooms; cook 6 to 8 minutes or until mushrooms are deep golden brown, stirring frequently. Add cherries and remaining ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon rosemary; cook 1 minute. Add cream; heat to simmering over medium heat. Simmer 10 to 12 minutes or until cream is reduced by half. Reduce heat to low; stir in lemon juice and pepper. Stir in duck; cook 2 minutes or until meat is heated through. Add pasta to saucepan and gently toss.
  5. Divide pasta mixture between warm pasta bowls; sprinkle with pistachios and parsley.

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5 Comments

savorthis February 23, 2015
Wow- this sounds decadently delicious.
 
LE B. February 22, 2015
fll, i have rarely seen a 52 recipe that has impressed me this much. I LOVE your textures and flavors- chewy, crunchy, creamy, and attention to color! And i love that you used and taught a user-friendly technique for the rewarding world of smoking foods. (I have always done my smoking in a wok but i really like your oven technique!) And i love that you cooked the noodles in tea- great thinking!<br />Can't wait to try this! Calling for the blue ribbon!
 
Author Comment
foxeslovelemons February 23, 2015
Thanks so much for your kind words, Le Bec Fin! I learned the oven smoking technique from one of my husband's co-workers JUST so I could make this recipe, and I'm so glad it paid off :)
 
aargersi February 12, 2013
holy crap this sounds ah-MAZE-ing!!!
 
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foxeslovelemons February 12, 2013
haha, thank you!