Pesto and Tomato Duck Skewers Recipe

Pesto and Tomato Duck Skewers Recipe

Pesto and Tomato Duck Skewers Recipe

All the talk about ingredients makes the recipe sound like it’s going to be something really complicated and obscure, but actually it’s pretty simple: blend up the pesto, spread it over the duck breast, and arrange everything on toothpicks or skewers. The skewers make great appetizers or party picks, especially if you’re looking to try something new: you can experiment with a new kind of meat without committing to it as a main course, and if you like it, try some spiced duck breast next time!


Pesto and Tomato Duck Skewers Recipe



  • 1 lb. duck magret, pre-cooked
  • 2 tsp. homemade pesto (ingredients below; directions here)
  • 12 red cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup baby arugula
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Ingredients for the Pesto
  • 2 cups packed fresh basil leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Combine the basil, pine nuts, and garlic in a food processor.
  2. Pulse until the mixture is coarsely chopped; add the olive oil and process until smooth. Season to taste.
  3. Slice the duck magret thinly.
  4. Place slices of duck on a work surface.
  5. Spread about 1 tsp of pesto on all the slices.
  6. Arrange each slice of duck with a tomato half and some arugula leaves on a toothpick or small skewer.

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