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.
SMOKED DUCK & PEAR SPOONS
(from French Cooking for Dummies)
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.