Home Cooking 19

Duck, duck, dinner

julietg | Mar 19, 200808:12 AM

I am having a dinner party for eight next weekend. One of the guests "does not eat mammals." Two of the others are folks who would really appreciate a great meal, in the same way I would- nothing pedestrian will do!

I was thinking of doing ALL DUCK. Here are some ideas. Please let me have yours.

Duck lasagne, with fresh pasta and bechamel
Carmelized green beans cooked in duck fat, or with duck bacon (if I can find it)
Potatoes, rutabagas, and parsnips au gratin, topped with duck skin cracklins
Mache and radicchio with chevre, hazelnuts, and duck lardons (again, if I can find duck bacon)
Pate, of course, to start. Probably with green apples and seeded mustard on melba toast. (If I end up making the pate myself I will cheat using chicken liver, though, since I have read non-fattened duck livers are not as good for this preparation.)

I am at the in-laws and don't have my Ruhlman book with me- how long does that duck proscuitto take to cure?

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