Nov 11 Class – Smoked Duck & Pear Spoons

Unfortunately I do not have a photo of this taste treat.  I am fascinated by individual appetizers like this – the whole idea of a “spoonful” is wonderful.  You just have to fill it with the right gift.  We used a fig infused balsamic vinegar in this and it was perfect with the pear and spice mixture.


(from French Cooking for Dummies)

Makes 10


10 smoked duck slices

1 pear (ripe but not too soft)

2 Tablespoons walnut oil

½ tablespoon balsamic vinegar

½ teaspoon honey

½ teaspoon of four spices mix (see below)

Salt and pepper


In a bowl, blend the oil, vinegar, honey and spices (including the salt and pepper)

Peel and slice the pear into thin slices.

Fill spoons with a piece of pear. Top with a smoked duck slice and another pear piece.

Drizzle the spoon with a little vinaigrette.

That’s it.  Ready to serve.  Yum.

Four Spices Mix: Four spices mix is widely used in France, made with cinnamon, ginger, clove and nutmeg.  If you can’t find it already made, mix 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon, and with 1 teaspoon ground ginger, 1 teaspoon of ground closes and 1 teaspoon of ground nutmeg.  You can also add 1 teaspoon of ground white pepper.  If you do, please omit the pepper in this recipe.



About Kimberly's Cuisine

I am passionate about food and cooking from the feel of it to the smell and preparation of it. That is only the beginning! Then there is the serving of it with the right table setting and guests to join in. View all posts by Kimberly's Cuisine

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