Grilled Duck Breast Club Panini

by on March 19, 2012

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If you overheard a triumphant yelp coming from my kitchen yesterday afternoon that was me, elated over the fact that I finally figured out how to grill duck breast on the panini maker with crispy skin!

It practically became a mission. I grilled duck breast after duck breast – skin side up, skin side down, high heat, low heat. Over and over again I got the same result – quickly cooked meat with a rubbery fat cap on top. The financial expense was starting to add up (duck breast isn’t cheap). Defeated, I was ready to put this idea aside and move on. I had one final duck breast left and I went for a Hail Mary pass – cooking the duck skin-side down with the grill open in hopes that this approach would give the duck a chance to render its fat without cooking the meat too fast.

After six or seven minutes I peered under the duck to find the result that had been eluding me thus far: browned, crispy skin! I flipped the duck breast, closed the lid, and the other side finished cooking several minutes later.
Panini-Grilled Duck Breast
High fives all around!

After all of the effort that went into figuring out the technique to grill the duck just how I wanted, it only seemed fitting to use it in an extra special sandwich. My husband came up with the concept for Grilled Duck Breast Club Panini – slices of that succulent duck breast, layered with strips of smoky bacon, fresh tomatoes and arugula, and creamy Brie. It’s a decadent combination for sure, but I doubt you’ll have any trouble finding someone willing to split one of these with you.

Panini-Grilled Duck Breast
I wish I’d taken some step-by-step photos to show you how to score the duck breast but, as I mentioned, I didn’t know this was going to work! My friend Sommer from A Spicy Perspective has a great tutorial on her blog, as well as a stovetop cooking method I’d recommend in the event you have a panini maker that doesn’t allow you to adjust the temperature (it’s important to grill at lower heat in order to render the fat without overcooking the meat).

Grilled Duck Breast Club Panini

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Tina@flourtrader March 19, 2012 at 2:13 pm

A duck sandwich-yum! I wish that I had been there to taste this. We never come across duck in the grocers but I have enjoyed it a couple of times at a restaurant. No doubt a tasty creation here, creative and delicious no doubt.

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2 Kathy March 19, 2012 at 4:22 pm

Thanks a lot, Tina. I can usually find duck at Whole Foods. Not something we typically eat every week (although I have for the past few weeks!) but it’s always a treat.

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3 Carolyn March 19, 2012 at 2:33 pm

Okay, Kathy, this makes me weak in the knees. I adore duck. And to cook it on a panini press? Brilliant. I stumbled it. Now I am off to retweet it too!

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4 Kathy March 19, 2012 at 4:21 pm

Thanks so much for the tweet, Carolyn!

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5 Angela March 19, 2012 at 3:11 pm

This sounds absolutely amazing!! I love duck, bacon and brie! Never thought of them together, but wow!!

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6 ATasteOfMadness March 20, 2012 at 7:23 am

Never tried anything duck, this looks great! I only just bought a panini grill and I am in love with it! I use it for everything. Maybe I’ll use it to make me one of these, thanks for this, it sounds great!

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7 Russell at Chasing Delicious March 20, 2012 at 9:50 am

This panini looks incredible! I’ve never thought to try a sandwich with duck breast. Yummm!

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8 Lannie March 20, 2012 at 7:00 pm

woww just get out of here, this looks so good!!

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9 Lisa @ Snappy Gourmet March 22, 2012 at 2:06 pm

Looks & sounds delicious! Love that you used brie cheese!

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10 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious April 9, 2012 at 12:32 pm

Yay! Congrats on grilling the duck breast with crispy skin! I can’t wait to give a try. And man oh man, I think you just created a sandwich from heaven. I mean crispy duck with bacon oozing in melted brie, my favorite cheese ever?! I am at a loss for words.

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11 Nora October 26, 2013 at 10:38 am

Looks amazing!
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