Matt Taylor-Gross
Duck Breast with Scotch Broth
Pan Roasted Duck Breast with Scotch Broth Matt Taylor-Gross

How chef Matthew Hardner’s cooking has been influenced by both American and Scottish cuisines

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Pan Roasted Duck Breast with Scotch Broth [sponsored] Pan Roasted Duck Breast with Scotch Broth
Medium-rare duck breast served atop Scotch broth which is amped up with a dark duck stock.
Yield: serves 2

Scotch Broth

  • 1 leek, chopped
  • 2 celery sticks, diced
  • 2 onions, diced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 1 turnip, diced
  • 1 potato, diced
  • 1 qt. dark duck stock
  • 1 cup pearl barley
  • handfuls fresh parsley leaves
  • splashes olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Place the leeks, onions, carrots, celery and splash of olive oil in a medium sauce pan and cook till transparent, approximately 20 minutes
  2. Add in the stock, potatoes, turnips, and barley and cook further for 45 minutes. Adding a splash of water if necessary.
  3. Season with salt and pepper, mix in meat from duck legs, and finish with fresh parsley.

Slow Roasted Duck Legs & Pan Fried Duck Breast

  • 2 legs from a Long Island Duck
  • 2 breasts from a Long Island Duck


  1. For the duck legs: While you’re making the scotch broth, have the duck legs in the oven. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Rub the duck legs with oil, salt, and pepper. Place on a baking tray and cover with foil cook for 1 ½ – 2 hours until the meat falls away from the bone. Once done, pull apart meat and mix into scotch broth.
  2. For the duck breasts: Score fat side of the duck breast on a cross hatch diagonal. Season with salt and place into a cold non stick pan fat side down on a medium heat, the fat will slowly render and you may need to remove some while cook depending on the size of the breast. Cook for 8 – 10 minutes, turning it over and continue to cook for and additional 2 – 4 minutes. Allow to rest for 10 minutes. Slice and serve over Scotch Broth