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Tangy Sutti-Frutti Duck Sliders With Wilted Spinach Chokecherry Salad On Open-Face Apple-Slice Buns

Tangy Sutti-Frutti Duck Sliders With Wilted Spinach Chokecherry Salad On Open-Face Apple-Slice Buns

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Ingredients

  • DUCK BURGERS:
  • 1/4 Cup golden raisins
  • 1/4 Cup finely chopped dried apricots
  • 1/2 Cup finely chopped fresh pineapple
  • 1/2 Cup Malbec red wine
  • 2 Pounds ground duck
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard powder
  • 1/4 Cup bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 Cup canola oil
  • WILTED SPINACH CHOKECHERRY SALAD:
  • 4 Tablespoons rendered duck fat
  • 6 Cups fresh spinach leaves, washed and dried
  • 3/4 Cup wild chokecherry jam (can use sugar-free)
  • 3 Tablespoons frozen lemonade, melted
  • 1/4 Cup finely diced sweet cherry peppers
  • APPLE SLICE BUN BOTTOMS:
  • 6 Large Honeycrisp apples, unpeeled and cored.

Instructions

  • DIRECTIONS FOR DUCK BURGERS:
  • 1.
  • Heat grill to medium-high.
  • 2.
  • Soak the golden raisins, dried apricots, and fresh pineapple in the Malbec wine for 20-minutes.
  • 3.
  • Add this fruit-and-wine mixture to the ground duck.
  • 4.
  • Add remaining ingredients (mustard powder, bread crumbs, and salt).
  • 5.
  • Mix lightly together.
  • 6.
  • Gently form 18 small patties.
  • 7.
  • Lightly brush grill rack with canola oil.
  • 8.
  • Place burgers on rack to start cooking.
  • 9.
  • Flip over every minute until internal temperature reaches 160 degrees.
  • 10.
  • Remove burgers to large plate or pan, cover with aluminum foil, and set aside while making Wilted Spinach Chokecherry Salad.
  • WILTED SPINACH CHOKECHERRY SALAD:
  • 1.
  • Keep grill heated to medium-high.
  • 2.
  • Melt rendered duck fat in large grill-safe skillet or pan.
  • 3.
  • Add rest of ingredients (spinach, chokecherry jam, lemonade, and sweet cherry peppers).
  • 4.
  • Cover skillet or pan with aluminum foil.
  • 5.
  • Place on grill.
  • 6.
  • Cook about 10 minutes, until spinach softens.
  • 7.
  • Stir until well mixed, and set aside.
  • APPLE-SLICE BUN BOTTOMS:
  • 1.
  • Core all six (6) apples.
  • Put one (1) apple aside.
  • 2.
  • On the remaining five (5) apples, lay them on their side, and cut in half through the largest round diameter area.
  • 3.
  • Take each half, and cut in half again in the same direction.
  • 4.
  • You will have 20 round apple slice bottoms.
  • 5.
  • Take the one (1) apple that you set aside, and slice into thin pieces that will fit over the core holes of the 20 apple slices above.
  • ASSEMBLY:
  • 1.
  • Line up the apple round slices.
  • 2.
  • Plug the cored holes with pieces of the thinly cut-up apple slices.
  • 3.
  • Place burger atop each apple round.
  • 4.
  • Place a Tablespoon of Wilted Spinach Chokecherry Salad on top.
  • 5.
  • Leave open faced and enjoy.
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