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Jun 17, 2010 12:36 PM

What to do with a smoked duck breast and a smoked cornish hen???

Back a while ago a friend gave me birthday gifts that included some nice smoked meats from Nodine's, a local smokehouse just north of here. Both the duck breast and the cornish hen are of pretty decent size, and are fully cooked, vacuum packed and frozen. I need to use each of them to serve dinner for the two of us and, honestly, have not been able to think of anything interesting to do with them. I mean smoked duck breast over a salad just does not really excite me and would kind of be what I would consider to be kind of a waste of a splurge sort of thing.

So if any of my more creative colleagues out there have any experience with either of these meats, either in reality or imagination, I'd truly appreciate your suggestions and inspirations.

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  1. smoked duck manicotti & smoked chicken (or in your case, cornish hen) pot pie comes to mind

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    1. re: Cherylptw

      Oooo, I like the sound of those.

      How about some smoked duck summer rolls, a la Nomadchowwoman? She used rice paper wontons as her wrap, and stuffed with shredded duck meat, spinach leaves, butter lettuce, avocado, cucumber, red pepper, & cilantro and served with peanut sauce.

      I also like the idea of smoked duck enchiladas, with maybe a tomatillo chile verde salsa in corn tortillas. Or smoked duck quesadillas with cheddar & pepper jack cheeses on flour tortillas. Or, smoked duck tacos on toasted corn tortillas with some black beans, cilantro & cotija cheese. We do a lot of mexican here in LA ;)) Of course, any of these would also work with the smoked chicken.

    2. I would make Smoked duck/little chicken and Andouille Gumbo....

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      1. re: Uncle Bob

        Yeah, this! Strip the meat off the bone, then add the bones to your stock right at the beginning of the cooking process and add the meat near the end of the cooking process. No better use for smoked poultry in my opinion.

      2. Shred the meat from the Cornish hen and use it to make a bastilla royale.

        Dice the duck breast and use it to make a pizza topping, using a tortilla as a base. Hold the cheese.

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        1. re: souschef

          Everything folks have suggested here sound great, but I don't know what a bastilla royale is. Can somebody help me on this one?

          1. re: junescook

            A Bastilla, or B'steeya, is a Moroccan dish using phyllo dough surrounding a mix of shredded chicken (or in you case, smoked duck) ground almonds & spices, and it is baked until crisp & browned, and then sprinkled with confectioners' sugar and cinnamon. I do not know what a bastilla royale is, probably just a variation.

        2. The duck breast has to go in a risotto, it just has to! With asparagus or maybe young garlic. Such a dominant flavour against a fresh foil, mmm.

          Smoked chicken makes a good salad, or fabulous sandwiches, with avocado and chives.

          1. Save a bit of the duck breast and add it to a gourmet BLT. One of the best sandwiches you'll ever eat.