A delicious canapé recipe to serve at your Christmas lunch!


  • 2 x 200g duck breasts, skin on

  • Smoking Mixture

  • 1 tablespoon black tea leaves

  • 1 tablespoon herbal tea (eg an earthy, spicy herbal tea such as cardamom and cinnamon)

  • 2 tablespoons dried orange peel

  • 4 tablespoons jasmine rice

  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar

  • 4 star anise

  • Christmas Spiced Pickled Cherries

  • 4 cardamom pods

  • 4 cloves

  • 1 cinnamon stick

  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger

  • ¼ cup (60ml) red wine vinegar

  • 1/3 cup (50g) fresh or frozen cherries, pitted and halved


  • 1.

    Line a wok or stir-fry pan with two pieces of heavy duty foil. Place smoking mixture on top, mix to combine and place over high heat. Place a rack in the wok and duck breasts, skin side up, on top. Cover with a lid or tightly with foil. Once it starts to smoke, reduce heat to low and continue to smoke the duck breasts for a further five to ten minutes.

  • 2.

    Meanwhile, prepare Christmas spiced pickled cherries by bruising cardamom, cloves and cinnamon in a pestle and mortar. Add to a small saucepan with nutmeg, ginger, red wine vinegar and cherries, bring to the boil then simmer for four minutes. Set aside to cool.

  • 3.

    Remove duck from wok and place skin side down in a cold frying pan. Place pan over medium heat and cook for 6 to 8 minutes or until the fat renders and the skin is crisp. Turn and cook for a further one to two minutes. Rest in a warm place for five minutes.

  • 4.

    To serve, thinly slice each duck breast into twelve slices. Place one slice on each serving spoon and top with a cherry half.

Nutritional information

Nutritional analysis per serving (24 servings)

  • Energy 27kj
  • Fat Total 0g
  • Saturated Fat 0g
  • Protein 2g
  • Carbohydrate 3g
  • Sugar 1g
  • Sodium 6mg

Note: The information shown is Edamam's estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.

Powered by

Like this recipe? Subscribe to our newsletter to get more recipes like this delivered striaght to your inbox.

By registering you agree to our Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Privacy Notice

Metric Converter

Tell us what you think in the comments below


Sign Out

Click to Rate

Join the Conversation

Please note, LifeStyle cannot respond to all comments posted in our comments feed. If you have a comment or query you would like LifeStyle to respond to, please use our feedback form.

0 0 0 0 0
Average Rating
0 comments • 0 ratings