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Will Duck Be the Next Big Protein to Go Mainstream?

Last night I attended the Zinfandel Advocate and Producer's Good Eats and Zinfandel Pairing. It's a walk-around tasting where restaurants join forces with a winery and offer a bite of food that's paired with a specific wine. This was my fourth year at the event, and there was one major difference from the previous years: duck was everywhere! Normally lamb and beef dishes are highlighted, but yesterday it was all about duck. From spicy duck chili to duck risotto laced with bacon, chefs from all over the San Francisco Bay Area were offering their take on the delicious bird.

I couldn't help but wonder: is duck becoming more mainstream? Duck's often praised for its fat, which is perfect for frying and makes scrumptious fries, but it's also a versatile meat that works well in everything from braises to pasta sauces. In fact, I served duck at my New Year's Eve party and it was the first time I cooked with the protein in my own home. It was a rewarding and tasty experience and I plan on experimenting with it more.

How about you? Do you cook with duck? Will you order duck in a restaurant?

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MeiGaku MeiGaku 6 years
duck is my favorite type of meat. it's all dark meat and just amazing i wish more people would try it and that it's more readily available. i'm vietnamese with some chinese so i grew up eating peking duck and such. i tried french-styled duck for the first time this past year and it was great! duck is great in thai food, vietnamese food, chinese food, and french food! i suggest everyone try it!
courtneyd courtneyd 6 years
Love it! I order it out often, and I made a spinach salad with smoked duck breast that I adore: http://www.maddhatterskitchen.com/dinner/spinach-salad-with-duck-and-black-cherry-vinaigrette It would be wonderful if it becomes even more mainstream than it already is.
mlle-nessa mlle-nessa 6 years
love love LOVE duck! My boyfriend's French mother makes it best, in my book :)
fuzzles fuzzles 6 years
It has, on occasion, made me quackers as well.
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 6 years
.....sometimes duck just makes me daffy.....
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