Easy Dinner: Grilled Duck, Stir Fry Brussels Sprouts

This easy weeknight dinner idea involves a little cheating and ghee.  Duck may seem a rather opulent weeknight dinner but it’s really not. Grilling duck while stir frying brussels sprouts will get your dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes AND you’ll be showered with loads of compliments!  At least, that’s what happens every time I serve duck.

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Ready cooked meats…but good ones without processed chemicals is key to success with the cheating and Costco carries some really good ones.  Some I’ve tried are octopus, Carnitas and of course Maple Leaf Farm ready cooked Duck, it’s actually cheaper at Costco than buying directly from them!

Notes on duck, ghee and wok…
Duck is very rich, so you only need half a duck for 2 people, it’s all meat, no bones at only $8.  The duck comes in 2 half portions with orange sauce for about $15.99, so no more paying $27 at a restaurant for half a duck.

Ghee, clarified butter is excellent for a stir fry, it can handle high heat, coats your meat or veggies with a glossy sheen and makes everything taste good.  This article, 15 Amazing Benefits of Ghee will change all the misconceptions about it and if you want to make ghee yourself,  take an Ayurvedic cooking class with my chef friend, Sabrina Dora Lopez of Vesta Foods, it was amazingly easy.  The Truth About Fats and Oils will debunk all the old myths, read this.

Please do NOT use a nonstick pan or nonstick wok to cook in, it cannot handle high heat!  If you don’t have one of my lightweight, thin walled cast iron wok and gas stove setup, I’d rather you use a stainless steel pan or even pot to stir fry in.

Ingredients:
2-4 cloves garlic and 2 slices ginger shredded
6 grape tomatoes, halved
4 handfuls of brussels sprouts chopped

1 tablespoon ghee
dash of San-J tamari
dash of medium sherry

orange sauce heated for duck

Step by step how to…
1.  set underside of duck on a grill rack on a baking tray, use top shelf to broil till golden crispy
2.  wash & chop tomatoes and sprouts
3.  thwack garlic and ginger
4.  crank up your cast iron wok on high
5.  add ghee
6.  add garlic and ginger, then sprouts, hold the tomatoes.
7.  when sprouts are nicely covered with ghee, add about 2 tablespoons of water and cover with wok lid to steam fry. When texture is how you like your sprouts, add in tomatoes, add dash of tamari and sherry, swish around till tomatoes blister and soften a little. You’re DONE!
8.  remember to check your duck and flip over to grill topside till golden crispy.
9.  while plating, heat up orange sauce and pour over duck, wow, dynamite dinner!

Last thoughts…You’ll feel like you’re eating at a high end restaurant.  Serve this on your first date and I guarantee you’ll be a hit. I’ve yet to try using the ready cooked duck in a curry or other ethnic dishes because I just want to devour the duck just like it is, it’s so good! Of course, you can stir fry other veggies to go with your duck but brussels sprouts go really well.

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