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Apr 12, 2012 07:25 PM

desperately seeking duck bacon

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?

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  1. When all else fails.

    Check with Dean and Deluca in St. Helena.

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

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      1. re: Kristine

        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

          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

            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: Robert Lauriston

                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.

      2. 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. 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.

          1. 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

              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

                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: