Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Vegan Duck a l'Orange

Vegan Duck a l'Orange
The French have a world all their own when it comes to food. It is romantic, elegant, beautiful, and delish. There are many dishes to choose from but when I think of a French dishes, my mind goes to Duck and the well known orange flavored sauce that accompanies it. This recipe shows that not only can vegan food be delish but it can match the original and give it a run for its money. This dish pairs nicely with spring veggies that have been roasted and garnished with its supremed slices to make a beautiful plate. This recipe will impress and wow any French foodie. Enjoy!

Vegan Duck a l'Orange

Ingredients

-1/4 cup sugar
-2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
-2 teaspoons orange zest
-1 cup fresh orange juice, plus 1 orange, supremed
-1 cup vegan chicken broth (I used Better Than Bouillon)
-1 shallot, minced (2 tablespoons) or 1 Tbsp minced dried onion flakes
-2 cans vegan duck pieces, chunked to bite size (Companion Brand)
-Salt, to taste
-1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
-2 to 3 teaspoons finely minced parsley, fresh or dried 

Directions

Place sugar in a medium saucepan and set over medium-high heat. As sugar begins to melt, carefully use a fork or whisk to gently stir sugar from edges to center of pan to melt. Continue stirring until the sugar has completely melted and the sugar has turned to a deep amber color. DO NOT BURN, it will taste bitter. 

TIP 1: Before adding other ingredients, careful cool a little caramel on a spoon and taste to ensure you haven't burnt it. BE CAREFUL!!!
Completed Caramel
NO Darker (Will be Bitter)
Remove caramel from heat and carefully stir in vinegar, orange zest and juice, chicken broth, and shallot. The caramel will seize up on the bottom and harden at first, don't worry. Keep stirring and it will smooth out. 

Seasoning in Sauce
Return to medium-high heat and boil, stirring occasionally, until reduced to a thick sauce, 20 to 25 minutes. Once the sauce is done, it will be ready for the duck. You can store it over night to use when you want, it does seem to taste better over time. Great make ahead or eat as is, gotta love choices. 

Reducing Sauce
Once sauce is done, chunk vegan duck pieces. Season the pieces with a little salt, fresh black pepper, and parsley. 

Vegan Duck
Vegan Duck Pieces & Seasoned
Place vegan duck, in a lightly oiled medium skillet over medium-high heat. 

Sauteing Vegan Duck
Cook until pieces are golden brown, about 5 to 8 minutes, Continuously stirring.

Browned Vegan Duck
Once vegan duck pieces have browned, add your sauce to the pan and saute for 3 to 5 minutes to glaze and heat sauce threw. 
Duck with Added Sauce
Once cooked, you can add the orange supremes to sauce or place on top of the sauce that has coated the duck just before serving. Serve with sides that pair nicely along side the french inspired dish. Roasted veggies such as asparagus or carrots are nice along side a starch (roasted potatoes or wild rice) with Vegan Duck a l'Orange.
Completed Vegan Duck a l'Orange
Tip 2: If you are curious to where to find the vegan duck, you can find it at most Oriental/Asian Markets. If you have one in your area you should be able to locate it and if not possibly your local supermarket may have it. If not you can locate it online in certain vegan online sites. Once you find it, you will not be disappointed. It is truly delish and they have varieties other than the duck to choose from. Happy Shopping! 

-Amy