Bistro Duck and Wild Mushrooms, Two Ways

Sautéed Breast of Duck with Crispy Skin
Oyster, Shiitake, and Porcini Mushrooms in a Beef Stock Reduction

Sautéed Breast of Duck, Seasoned with Szechuan Pepper & Flor de Sal
Roasted Wood Ear and Shiitake Mushrooms
Crispy Polenta Cake and Wilted Mizuna Greens
Porcini Reduction Sauce and Pomegranate Balsamic Vinaigrette


I would like to thank Natasha of 5 Star Foodie Culinary Adventures for the motivation to makeover my living room into a French Bistro by inviting Taste With The Eyes to participate in the 5 Star Makeover Summer’10 Special! She has asked 10 bloggers to Guest Post over the summer and recreate classic dishes to share on her 5 Star Foodie blog. I am honored to be one of the 10! Thank you Natasha.

We’ve cooked Bistro Duck and Wild Mushrooms Two Ways; CLASSIC and CONTEMPORARY. It was great fun setting the table and searching the house for bistro-style props. We especially enjoyed the makeover: creating le plat du jour. Now both of these duck dishes have a place on le menu at Bistro Lori Lynn.

Bonsoir! Right this way. Your table’s waiting…


Natasha’s 5 Star Makeover Summer ’10 Special event is sponsored by MarxFoods. I received a treasure box of samples in the mail which included various dried mushrooms and szechuan peppercorns and flor de sal (the Portuguese version of fleur de sel) which were used in these duck dishes.  It also contained fragrant vanilla beans and dried candy cap mushrooms with their heady aroma of maple syrup, which I’m saving for another time. Thank you MarxFoods!

Sautéed Breast of Duck with Crispy Skin
Oyster, Shiitake, and Porcini Mushrooms in a Beef Stock Reduction

Sauté chopped garlic and shallot in butter until translucent.
Add fresh oyster and shiitake mushrooms.

When oyster and shiitake are softened, add reconstituted porcini. Then add about 1/3 c. of white wine and reduce. When the wine has reduced by half, add about a cup of beef stock and reduce again. Season with salt and pepper and finish with chopped parsley.

Meanwhile, cook the duck: Trim duck breasts of excess fat, then score the remaining fat with a sharp knife. Season both sides with salt and fresh ground pepper. Place in a sauté pan fat side down. Turn the heat on high. When the skin becomes crisp, turn over the breasts and cook over medium heat until desired doneness. Serve sliced duck breast over the mushroom sauce.

Voila! The CLASSIC dish. Bon Appetit!
Do you notice we are serving escargots at Bistro Lori Lynn too?

Are you ready to order? Do you prefer the CLASSIC or the CONTEMPORARY dish?

The CONTEMPORARY Bistro Duck and Wild Mushrooms incorporates exotic ingredients from different cultures. Pomegranate brings a note of refreshing sweetness while the porcini sauce adds an element of earthy richness. The crunchy wood ear, the silky roasted shiitake and the crispy polenta cake add a variety of textures. Radish sprouts, polenta, pomegranate, and the emerald green mizuna add striking color in contrast to the CLASSIC dish.

Toss wood ear and shiitake with toasted sesame oil, tamari, and fresh ground black pepper.
Roast covered in a 400° oven for 20 minutes.

Prepare the duck breasts like the ones in the CLASSIC dish, but substitute flor de sal and szechuan pepper for seasoning. When this duck breast is cooked, the skin is removed.

Cook polenta, stir in a bit of butter, season with salt and pepper. Spread the polenta in a dish to a 1/2 inch thickness. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Cut into disks. Sauté disks in butter until lightly browned on each side.

These reconstituted porcini were added to the CLASSIC duck dish.

The mushroom water was saved for this CONTEMPORARY dish.

Reduce the porcini water over high heat. Whisk in butter and season to taste.

Mizuna is a Japanese green reminiscent of mild arugula. In a hot sauté pan add a scant teaspoon each of toasted sesame oil and olive oil. Add chopped garlic. After about a minute add the mizuna, which will wilt quickly. Finish with flor de sal and black sesame seeds.

Place roasted wood ear in the center of a plate. Top with wilted mizuna. Place sliced duck breast around the mizuna. Drizzle porcini sauce around the duck.

Top duck with crispy polenta cake. Then slice a whole roasted shiitake like a pie and place atop the polenta. Sprinkle the plate with black sesame seeds.

Make the pomegranate balsamic vinaigrette by whisking together 1 1/2 T. of pomegranate syrup, 2 t. balsamic vinegar, and slowly add 3 T. of olive oil. Salt and pepper to taste. This vinaigrette and plating inspiration is from my favorite cookbook Charlie Trotter’s Vegetables. Drizzle vinaigrette over the shiitake and around the plate. Finish with a garnish of radish sprouts.

Merci! Thank you for dining at Bistro Lori Lynn! Please come back soon.

A special thank you to Natasha for the invitation to participate in the Summer ’10 Special and to my friends Lauren, John and Debbie for their help with the “restaurant!”

Lori Lynn
Taste With The Eyes

where the image is meant to titillate and inspire the cook

5 Star Makeover Summer’10 Special: Ten special bloggers have been invited to recreate different classic dishes of their choice and share them on the 5 Star Foodie Culinary Adventures blog. These guest posts will be featured every Monday from June 28 to August 30. This event is sponsored by MarxFoods, an online store that offers fantastic high quality gourmet products. In September, a final roundup of these makeovers will be posted and readers will be able to vote for their favorite recipe to receive a fabulous prize.

30 thoughts on “Bistro Duck and Wild Mushrooms, Two Ways”

  1. What an amazing spread! Duck is my fav bird — the crispy skin is sooo good. I’m so glad Natasha asked you to guest post…your blog is amazing

  2. Table ambiance plays a huge part in setting the stage for the evening. A wonderful meal completes the scene, and it looks like you have gone above and beyond with this one!
    Lori Lynn’s Bistro looks so inviting, and the duck entree is gorgeous!
    Great job~

  3. Taking a classic dish and transforming it into a contemporary style is always fun and challenging. Congratulations on the 5 Star Makeover, how exciting is that?

    Bon appetit!


  4. Looks amazing … Kudos! If you are inspired with any other items in that little treasure box, you are always welcome to guest post with us. Open invitation.

  5. Ummm, table for 2 please! How I would love to be sitting at that table, eating that food. Wow, the pics are amazing and completely transported me. How fun!

  6. great post, I visited 5star and was blown away, I should of have known…it’s Lori
    thanks for adding me to your fav food blogs, I am working on mine and would happily add your wonderful blog…


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