My husband has a co-worker who makes a mean tea-smoked duck, and she was gracious enough to lend me the recipe so I could adapt it for my purposes. I smoked a couple of duck legs, and then they sat in the fridge for a few days while I figured out what to do next.
A couple of flavors kept coming to mind when I thought about what to pair with the duck. Cherries. Pistachios. Rosemary. Mushrooms. While the tea-smoked duck skewed Asian, I didn't want the finished dish to be Asian-inspired. I figured there would be a lot of similar entries in the contest if I went that way, and I wanted to stand out. So, I figured - what could be the worst that would happen if I just combined all of these flavors, and tossed it with some pasta?
Well, it turned out better than I could have hoped, and I would eat it all the time if it wasn't so decadent (read: caloric). But, if you're already eating duck, you may as well just go all out. At least in my mind. A small serving of anything won't hurt you too much. I just took the dog for an extra loop around the block. I'm good.