Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Honey Pepper Duck Freezer Cooking with Gooseberry Patch & Maple Leaf Farms

Do you know what happens when you put 10 of the Real Farmwives of America & Friends in a kitchen for an afternoon with a Gooseberry Patch Freezer-Friendly Recipes Cookbook????  Well let me tell you... you get a lot of food.  There were countops full of kitchen utensils, mixing bowls, ingredients and stove tops with 6 or 7 pots and pans all cooking at the same time, while the ovens were full of baked goods.  There was laughter and confusion and lots of elbow grease from stirring, chopping and preparing a total of 100 freezer meals in about 5 hours time. 
We each went through the Gooseberry Patch cookbook and selected a different recipe and then prepared 10 dishes of that same recipe and then traded with each other at the end, so each member took home 10 different freezer meals to serve to their family at a later date. 
While I was flipping through the pages I found a great recipe, with some Asian flavors that I thought would taste perfect with Duck.  While the recipe called for pork I knew swapping it out for duck for only enhance the ginger and soy sauce in this recipe and bring some more versatility to Gooseberry Patch's recipe and our freezer meal exchange.  I'm a big fan of Maple Leaf Farms ground duck and have blogged before about this company and how Indiana ranks 1st in Duck production in the nation.  Duck is a low in saturated fats, low in calories, but high in iron.  I was excited to pair the Asian Flavors of this Gooseberry Patch recipe with Maple Leaf Farms and their high quality product.
This Honey Pepper Duck dish had a great flavor, and smelled amazing.  I am certain each of the Farmwives will love serving this dish to their families with a side of rice.  And without further adu here is how I made the dish and some tips to help if you choose to make this recipe and freeze it for later.

Ingredients: 1 lb. ground duck, 1 (.75 oz) pkg. brown gravy mix, 1 c. water, 1/4 c. honey, 3 T. Soy Sauce, 2 T. red wine, 1/2 tsp. ground ginger, 1/8 tsp. garlic powder, 1 bell pepper, chopped.  2 T. onion flakes.

Directions: In a large skillet over medium heat, brown duck, drain.  Return to skillet and add gravy mix, water, honey, soy sauce, vinegar, ginger and garlic powder.  Cover and simmer for 15 minutes; stirring occassionally until sauce thickens.  Add peppers and onion flakes and leave uncovered for an additional 5 minutes.
For Freezing: Cool mixture and package in freezer bags.  When you are ready to eat; allow bag to thaw overnight in your refrigerator.  Place in saucepan, cover and simmer over medium heat until heated through.  Serve with rice for 4 people.
Big Thanks to Gooseberry Patch for providing me with a cookbook for this fun get together and to Maple Leaf Farms for providing ground duck meat to make this recipe with. If you want to check out all the fun we had this past weekend search #FarmGirlsFreeze on Twitter and Instagram.  And be sure to check out the Real Farmwives Blog for all the other great recipes.
Also, check out Maple Leaf Farms Strut Your Duck Recipe Contest.  For your chance to win $4,000.

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