Myrtle, a plant native to the Mediterranean, is cultivated primarily in Europe and is most commonly found in recipes from European cultures. It lends a slight bitterness and a citrus note to dishes and is perfect when paired with bacon or veal, as in this recipe.
What to buy: Myrtle may be found at some gourmet markets and farmers’ markets. Duck may be substituted for veal.
Beverage pairing: Domaine Mommessin Pommard Perrières, France. Such a simple, fundamental dish is a perfect opportunity to show off a complex wine. Veal and Pinot Noir pair beautifully, and Pinot doesn’t get more complex than in a Burgundy, so this dish makes for a great opportunity to splurge on something complex and delicious. The attractive leafy quality in the wine will hit the high notes from the myrtle.