Duck Tournedos with mushroom and courgette
This recipe for duck coupled with fresh courgette is a gorgeous summer barbecue dish, as seen cooked by French chef Stephane Reynaud on Saturday Kitchen Live.
A tournedo is classically a cut of beef fillet, usually a cylinder measuring 6cm/2½in x 6cm/2½in. This recipe recreates that form with slices of duck and courgettes rolled up instead. Check out our Instructional Recipe video on this website for an alternative way to cook duck – smoking at a lower temperature with sweet plums. You could also cook duck breasts skin down on the plate setter at 400f for a wonderful, crispy skin and tender meat.
- 50g/2oz dried cep or porcini mushrooms
- 2 tbsp coarsely ground black pepper
- 1 tbsp herbs de Provence (usually marjoram, oregano and thyme)
- 3 duck breasts
- 6 young courgettes
- ½ onion finely diced
- 2 tbsp mint, finely shredded
- 1 lemon, juice only
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- Blend the dried cep mushrooms in a food processor until finely ground, then combine them with the black pepper and herbs de Provence.
- Cut the duck breasts lengthways into 3mm/1/8in thick slices.
- Cut three of the young courgettes into thin slices using a vegetable peeler.
- Assemble the tournedos by dividing the duck slices into six portions. For each portion, lay two slices of duck breast alongside each other, and stack the rest of the slices for that portion on top, alternating layers of fat and lean meat.
- Divide the courgette strips into six portions. For each portion, lay the strips of courgette on top of the duck, season with the mushroom powder and season with salt.
- Roll up the duck slices and courgette strips tightly to make tournedos and tie with string, to keep the cylinder shape in place.
- Make six tournedos in this way.
- Cook gently on the Big Green Egg at 400f for five minutes each side.
- Finely dice the remaining courgettes and toss with the onion, mint, lemon juice and olive oil.
- To serve, cut the tournedos into thick slices and place on serving plates with the salad.