Keep these ingredients in your pantry and you’ll be ready to whip up a quick hors d’oeuvre or light meal in no time.

What to buy: Look for smoked duck breast in gourmet grocery stores, at your butcher, or online at D’Artagnan. If you have a hard time finding smoked duck, you can substitute cooked bacon, prosciutto, speck, or even smoked salmon.

  • Yield: 1 pizza (about 12 servings as an hors d’oeuvre)
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Total: 15 mins 
  • Active: 5 mins

Ingredients (7)

  • 1 (11-inch) premade pizza crust or flatbread, such as Boboli, baked and cooled
  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
  • 1/2 medium red onion, halved and sliced paper thin
  • 1/4 pound smoked duck breast, thinly sliced
  • 3 ounces shredded Monterey Jack cheese (about 1 cup)
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • Red pepper flakes (optional)


  1. Line the bottom of the oven with aluminum foil and heat to 450°F.
  2. Brush pizza crust with hoisin sauce and top with red onion. Arrange smoked duck breast in a circle and top with cheese.
  3. Place pizza directly on the oven rack and bake until golden and crisp, about 5 to 7 minutes. Top with cilantro and red pepper flakes (if using), cut into small squares (if serving as an hors d’oeuvre), and serve.

Beverage pairing: Adelsheim Pinot Gris, Oregon. Smoked duck and hoisin might typically have paired with a round, perhaps slightly woody Pinot Noir, but the addition of cilantro pushes the pairing to a white wine with some green, herbal flavors. Pinot Gris fits the bill, and in Oregon they make a delicious, sometimes lush style that can often drink a bit like a red wine, making it a nice choice for this rich, brightly flavored dish.