Duck Breast with Cranberry Sauce – one of the best recipes you can make for a special occasion or a holiday!
Duck is my go-to meat for any special occasion. It’s easy to cook and looks amazing on a holiday table. While I love to cook the whole duck, cooking duck breast is much easier and quicker time-wise. This recipe will make a perfect main dish for any special night, anniversary celebration, or holidays, especially Christmas or New Year’s Eve.
While duck meat on its own has a lot of rich flavor, it always tastes better when paired with a nice fruity sauce. There are lots of fruit-based and berry-based sauces sold in many grocery stores specifically intended to be served with all kinds of meat (including duck), but my favorite sauce for duck breast is undeniably this simple homemade cranberry sauce that has only 3 ingredients: honey, balsamic vinegar, and dried cranberries.
When you combine these 3 ingredients together and heat them up, something magical happens. The sauce thickens up, it becomes both sweet (honey) yet somewhat tart (balsamic vinegar), the dried cranberries puff up and become thick and juicy, yet retaining their sweetness and a touch of tartness. The sauce is so good, I had a hard time not eating half of it as I was cooking it. You might have to double your cranberry sauce ingredients – it’s that good!
I served this duck breast with cooked green beans and scalloped potatoes. YUM!
If you want more ideas for side dishes, you can try Garlic and Bacon Green Beans, or Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Cinnamon Butternut Squash, Pecans, and Cranberries.
I also have a recipe-tutorial with lots of photos describing pretty much this whole process of cooking duck breast in photos, but without the cranberry sauce: how to cook duck breast. You might want to check this tutorial as it will help you visually see all the steps.