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Cocas with Marinated Duck, Cabrales Béchamel, and Cherry-Fig Marmalade

Coca is a pizza-like flatbread common in the Catalonia region of Spain.

Cocas with Marinated Duck, Cabrales Béchamel, and Cherry-Fig Marmalade


  • 4 cocas
  • 1/2 cup Cabrales béchamel
  • 7 ounces manchego cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup foie gras mousse
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 16 leaves baby spinach
  • 1 marinated duck breast
  • 1/2 cup cherry-fig marmalade
  • 1 navel orange, zested


Serves 4

Yields 4 cocas

  • 1/2 teaspoon yeast
  • 1/3 cup warm water
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 cup pizza flour
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more for sprinkling
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for coating
  • To make cocas: Bloom yeast in warm water mixed with honey. In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients. Fold yeast mixture into dry ingredients. Then fold oil into dough. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rest in a warm place until dough doubles in size, about 2 hours. Preheat oven to 300°F. Roll the dough into four balls. With a rolling pin, flatten each ball into an oval about 1/4-inch thick and 6 inches long. Using a fork, poke holes into the dough to prevent air bubbles. Using a paintbrush, brush the ovals with oil. Season with salt. Arrange ovals on a sheet pan, and bake 3 minutes.

    Cabrales Béchamel
    Yields 1/2 cup

  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream
  • 1/4 pound Cabrales cheese
  • 1/4 cup béchamel
  • To make Cabrales béchamel: In a saucepan over medium heat, reduce cream by half then fold in Cabrales. Fold in béchamel and cool. Cabrales béchamel can be refrigerated for up to 2 days.

    Marinated Duck Breast
    Yields 1 duck breast

  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 stick canela
  • 1/2 teaspoon juniper berries
  • 1 teaspoon ground star anise
  • 1 navel orange, segmented
  • 1/2 cup grenadine
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1/2 cup Triple Sec liqueur
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon pink curing salt
  • 1 Peking duck breast
  • To make marinated duck breast: In a sauté pan over medium heat, toss spices to toast. Combine all ingredients except duck. Score duck skin, then marinate duck breast for 24 hours. Remove duck from marinade. In a cast-iron pan over medium heat, render the duck skin and cook to medium, about 10 minutes. Remove duck from the pan and set aside to cool.

    Cherry-Fig Marmalade
    Yields 1/2 cup

  • 2 tablespoons dried cherries
  • 2 tablespoons dried figs
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons agave nectar
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons pomegranate juice
  • To make cherry-fig marmalade: In a saucepan over medium heat, combine all ingredients. Simmer until reduced to 1/2 cup. Remove from heat and puree in a food processor. Mixture will be loose; it will thicken as it cools. Marmalade can be refrigerated for up to 1 week.

    Putting it all together:
    1. Preheat oven to 500°F; place a pizza stone or sheet tray in the oven to heat. Top each coca with Cabrales béchamel and cover with shredded manchego cheese. Place cocas on the stone and cook until the edges brown and the bottom becomes crisp, 4 to 5 minutes. Remove cocas carefully and cut off any cheese that melted off.
    2. Mix the foie gras mousse with heavy cream to make it more workable and then spoon into a pastry bag.
    3. Cut each coca into 4 pieces and place a spinach leaf on each piece. Cut the duck into 1/4-inch-thick slices, and place a slice on each spinach leaf. Garnish each piece of duck with cherry-fig marmalade, foie gras mousse, and orange zest.


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