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« on: November 23, 2018, 07:04:14 PM »

And the Thanksgiving feasting continues with some tasty birds and mud bugs.

I picked up some nice boneless duck breasts from one of my local independent butcher shops, South Alabama Custom Meats.
I paired it with some crawfish and the plan was etouffee.

Smoked and Grilled Duck Breasts
I had planned to finish these with crispy skins, but I had a brain fart whilst tending the grill and charred it to a crisp alright...  Dang'it!
But all was not lost, took the skins off and the meat was super succulent with a great flavor.

4 Duck breasts
Rubbed with a mix of baking powder and salt, then left to air dry for 30 hours.
I also injected the meat with a brine solution for the duration.
Before cooking I scored the skin and rubbed them with a mix of Cajun spices.

Then it was into the smoker at 180° until I had an IT of 100°.
From there they went onto the grill to crisp the skin.
And that is where I brain farted and charcoaled the skin.
Heat too high and I put them on the main grates, fatty duck skin burns quickly.
Oh well... Meat wasn't ruined by any means.
I finished the meat to an IT of 150°, a nice medium.
Very juicy, tender and flavorful.











Crawfish Etouffee

Make a roux of 1 stick of butter and 2/3C flour.
Cook to a nice color like that of peanut butter.
Add in your Cajun Holy Trinity, 1-1/2C finely diced onion, 1C finely diced Green bell pepper, 1/2C finely diced celery and cook till veggies start to soften.
Add in 2C chicken stock, 1T minced garlic, 1-1/2C chopped tomatoes.
I used a mix a Cajun spices to get a nice spicy flavor suitable for my palate.
Bring it to a slow boil and then lower to simmering, add in crawfish and cook for another 10 minutes.
Serve over white rice.










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« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2018, 07:31:45 PM »

Chef Chile: You are an artist in your own rite, your family eat like royalty......................Joe
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« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2018, 08:04:05 PM »

Looks mouth watering.
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« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2018, 08:26:57 PM »

The skin on the Duck was the perfect color for me to eat.

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« Reply #4 on: November 23, 2018, 08:38:36 PM »

You’re still rolling single? That’s some good eats right there!
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« Reply #5 on: November 23, 2018, 09:17:32 PM »

You’re still rolling single? That’s some good eats right there!
Single?  Nope, married with children.
My wife and kids are in PA visiting family for a month, then they drag the family down here for Christmas.
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« Reply #6 on: December 02, 2018, 05:00:08 PM »

That looks great !.Man we have to do a swap sometime. My house for a meal and some fishing and we will join you down there for a meal and some fishing !! I hope you like wine .............. or beer or scotch pairings Huh?

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« Reply #7 on: December 02, 2018, 05:17:01 PM »

I'd be happy to cook in exchange for fishing/hunting, been doing such since I was 15.
The cooking skills do come in handy.

I'm a teetotaler with 24 years sobriety.
Beer?  An ice cold rootbeer is great.
Wine?  Perhaps a  sparkling cider.
Spirits?  Just a Tonic and Lime, please thank you.
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« Reply #8 on: December 03, 2018, 11:48:51 AM »

I'm kind of like Julia Childs; she said: "I love to cook with wine ......... and some times I add it too my food".

 I can usually find some tonic and lime if need be.


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« Reply #9 on: December 04, 2018, 01:48:54 AM »

Chile, that is some amazing looking chow! Top shelf as usual. I'm ready to eat NOW!

...................Lou
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