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Smoked-Duck Toasts with Gingered Rhubarb
- Active time:30 min
- Start to finish:30 min
- 18 (1/4-inch-thick) diagonal slices of baguette (preferably sourdough)
- 1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 6 oz rhubarb stalks, trimmed and cut into 1/4-inch dice
- 1 1/2 teaspoons finely grated peeled fresh ginger
- 1/3 cup water
- 2 tablespoons plus 3/4 teaspoon sugar
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- 1 (3/4-lb) smoked duck breast half*
- 18 fresh cilantro sprigs
Preheat oven to 450°F.
Brush 1 side of each bread slice lightly with butter, then toast on a baking sheet in middle of oven until golden, about 6 minutes, and cool.
Simmer rhubarb, ginger, water, and sugar in a small heavy saucepan, uncovered, stirring gently, until rhubarb is just tender, 2 to 3 minutes, then set pan in a bowl of ice and cold water to stop cooking. Drain rhubarb in a sieve set over a bowl, reserving rhubarb, then whisk together 2 teaspoons rhubarb liquid and mayonnaise. Discard remaining cooking liquid.
Remove skin and fat from duck breast. Carve 18 (1/8-inch-thick) slices from duck, cutting across the grain. Trim slices to fit toasts, reserving any remaining duck for another use.
Spread about 1 teaspoon rhubarb mayonnaise on buttered side of each toast and top with 1 slice of duck, 1 teaspoon rhubarb, and a cilantro sprig.
- Toasts can be made 1 day ahead and kept in an airtight container at room temperature.
- Gingered rhubarb can be made 1 day ahead and chilled in cooking liquid, covered.