Where to buy duck meat in Birmingham?
Alright guys, Auburn's shot at the national championship is around the corner. It's time to cook some duck.
I don't have much experience with cooking duck but am willing to experiment. I'm looking to find some breasts to cook on their own and some other parts that might be good for a gumbo.
Anyone have any experience with finding duck meat in Birmingham?
Thanks and War Eagle.
Frozen duck is fairly easy to find: Publix has whole birds and breasts (look for the maple leaf logo). You can get it at Fresh Market and inlarger Asian markets, such as Super Oriental Grocery on West Valley.
For fresh: V Richards had some fresh for Christmas, and I'd be shocked if they didn't keep them in stock to accomodate their Auburn customers (look at all the Gator meat that popped up around town for the SEC championship). I've seen duck fresh (as well as frozen) at Whole Foods. Check also butcher shops like Cajun Cleaver, Mr. P's, New York Butcher and Sprouse's in Gardendale area.
Most likely if you inquire now you can get an unfrozen bird in plenty time before the BCS game.
I've been toying with an idea of getting a whole bird and serving duck three ways: making a confit with the legs in the duck fat, pan-searing the breasts and using the remaining meat to make a duck sausage (I got myself a meat grinder for Christmas and 2011 will be the Year of the Sausage for me, unless my doctor demands otherwise).
I have had good luck smoking duck breasts on charcoal away from the fire with bacon wrapped around the breast. Fresh Market has duck breasts. Whole Foods should also.
Fresh Market @ 4700 Highway 280, Birmingham, AL 205 - 991 - 0294.