Appetizer & First Course
Smoked Duck Tostada with Chukar Cherry Salsa
& Chipotle Aioli
¾ cup dried cherry medley
¼ cup Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot
2 Tbsp finely chopped red onion
1 Tbsp chopped fresh Italian parsley
1 Tbsp chopped fresh oregano
1 Tbsp fruit vinegar, preferably cherry
½ tsp ground cumin
salt and pepper to taste
Place the dried cherries and Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally until the liquid is almost gone. Remove from the heat and cool. Coarse chop the cherries and place in a small bowl. Add the chopped red onion, vinegar, honey, and cumin. Mix well, then add salt and pepper to taste. Adjust the sweetness depending on how tart the cherries are. Add the chopped fresh herbs and mix well. Set aside until ready to use. May be made up to a week in advance, but add the herbs just before using.
½ cup mayonnaise
1 Tbsp adobo sauce from canned chipotle peppers
1 Tbsp lime juice
salt and pepper
Place the mayonnaise, adobo sauce, and lime juice in a small bowl and whisk together. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Flour tortillas cut into 2” rounds
Heat a medium sauté pan over medium high heat. Add enough oil to cover the bottom to ½” deep. Heat the oil and then add a few tortillas at a time. Fry each turning once until lightly browned on both sides. Remove from the pan and put on a paper towel lined pan. Cool and then store in a sealed container for up to 1 week.
12 oz smoked duck breast, skin removed and meat julienned in 1” long pieces
Place the tostadas on a baking sheet. Put ½ tsp of chipotle aioli on each. Top with about ¼ oz of the smoked duck, and ½ tsp of the cherry salsa. Sprinkle with chopped parsley to garnish.