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desperately seeking duck bacon

tamarinda Apr 12, 2012 07:25 PM

I'm on the lookout for duck bacon for a recipe I'd like to cook... anyone have any idea where to find it in the Bay Area?

  1. wolfe Apr 12, 2012 07:31 PM

    When all else fails.

    Check with Dean and Deluca in St. Helena.

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      Kristine Apr 12, 2012 08:18 PM

      I think Fatted Calf has duck bacon, or at least they have on occasion.

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      1. re: Kristine
        Piperdown Apr 12, 2012 10:57 PM

        Fatted Calf does have smoked duck breast...which I'm guessing is what you're kind of looking for. It's brined, cold smoked then cooked.

        1. re: Piperdown
          Robert Lauriston Apr 13, 2012 09:04 AM

          Yeah, smoked duck breast is the only thing I can think of that someone would call "duck bacon." I think I've seen it at Andronico's. Gourmet Corner also might have it.

          1. re: Robert Lauriston
            wolfe Apr 13, 2012 09:26 AM

            A rose by any other name.
            "No preservatives added. No nitrates or nitrites added (except for naturally occurring in celery powder). All vegetarian feed. Made from Moulard duck. No growth hormones. Inspected for wholesomeness by US Department of Agriculture. No animal by-products. D'Artagnan Uncured Duck bacon is a distinctive and delicious twist on traditional bacon. They are thin strips of duck breast with a rich smokey flavor. D'Artagnan duck bacon enhances any salad, -pasta, pizza or try scallops-- wrapped in bacon.

            Uncured Duck Bacon: Duck Prepared with: Water, Salt, Raw Sugar, Natural Flavorings, Lactic Acid Starter Culture (Not from Milk)."

            1. re: wolfe
              Robert Lauriston Apr 13, 2012 09:29 AM

              That's sliced smoked duck breast.


              1. re: Robert Lauriston
                wolfe Apr 13, 2012 11:41 AM

                That's the point of the quote Robert. Would you prefer "You say tomato, I say tomahto" ?
                Thank you for reposting the link in my upthread post.

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        boris_qd Apr 13, 2012 10:11 AM

        I saw smoked duck breast yesterday at the Potrero Hill Whole Foods. I actually think it's a fairly common item in "higher end" grocery stores.

        1. pamf Apr 13, 2012 10:25 AM

          How is the duck bacon used in your recipe?

          Fabrique Delice has smoked duck breast and duck prosciutto.


          There products are carried at many local markets and they have stands at some farmer's markets. Although the link to a list farmer's markets on the web site does not seem to be working right now.

          Grimaud Farms also makes smoked duck breast, their products are at Mollie Stone's and other markets.

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            tamarinda Apr 13, 2012 12:06 PM

            Thanks everyone for the suggestions! This is a collard greens recipe typically made with bacon, that I'm trying to adapt for some non-pork-eaters. I've never cooked with duck bacon/smoked duck breast before, but I'm guessing it will render less fat than regular bacon. May also try to pick up some rendered duck fat to add as well...

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            1. re: tamarinda
              Robert Lauriston Apr 13, 2012 12:12 PM

              I've cooked greens with smoked duck, it's generally pretty fatty, you probably won't need any extra. Smoked duck legs work well, if you can find them, they're cheaper and you can make a little broth with the bones to capture more of the flavor. Smoked turkey also works well, though it's so lean that you might want some additional fat.

              1. re: tamarinda
                hyperbowler Apr 13, 2012 12:25 PM

                For this purpose, you can also try lamb bacon which is about 1/2 the price as duck bacon. Marin Sun Farms didn't get any last week, but they said they'd get it this week: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/820075

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