Duck Pastrami

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Preparation info

  • Makes

    8 to 12

    servings
    • Difficulty

      Medium

Appears in

The Duck Cookbook

The Duck Cookbook

By James Peterson

Published 2003

  • About

Duck pastrami is much like regular beef pastrami, but with a deeper flavor and irresistible richness. Preparing it is a four-step process in which the duck breasts are first brined (plan ahead—this takes 4 days), then rubbed with spices and smoked. Following a preliminary gentle sautéing to rid the breasts of some of their fat, they are then braised to create pastrami. I like pastrami in a sandwich, but you can also put it on little toasts or crackers and serve it as an hors d’oeuvre.