How to Cook Braised Duck

How to Cook Braised Duck

Serves: 4

Preparation time: 15 mins

Cooking time: 1 hour 40 mins

Ingredients needed to make Braised Duck:

  • 3 lb ducks and giblets
  • 8 oz bacon lardons
  • 1 lb peas, podded
  • 4 oz leeks, diced
  • 4 oz carrots, diced
  • 1 lettuce, shredded
  • 8 oz small button onions
  • 1 ¾ pints chicken stock
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tbsp fresh mint, chopped
  • 1 tsp fresh sage, chopped
  • 5 oz butter
  • Salt to taste

Cooking instructions for Braised Duck:

  • Warm up your oven to 300 degrees F.
  • Toss the giblets into a saucepan and pour in the stock to simmer them for half an hour over medium heat.
  • Meanwhile, place a large ovenproof casserole on the hob and heat it up.
  • Melt 1 oz of butter in the hot dish and throw in the bacon lardons.
  • Stir fry them for a couple of minutes and stir in the butter onions.
  • Sauté them further for another 3 minutes or until they caramelize.
  • Drain them out into a paper-towel lined plate and set aside.
  • Poke the ducks with the tip of a sharp knife at several places and rub a dash of salt all over them.
  • Dump the meat into the hot casserole with bacon drippings and sauté them for a while, until they are browned evenly.
  • Skim off any fat from the casserole and pour in the prepared stock through the fine mesh strainer.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil and place a lid on top before popping the casserole into the oven.
  • Braise the meat for an hour and scatter the sautéed bacon-butter onion mixture into it.
  • Let it stand in a warm spot for a while so any excess fat accumulates on the surface of the dish and skim it off.
  • Place dish again on the stovetop and bring it back to a boil.
  • Stir in the peas, herbs as well as shredded lettuce into the gravy and bring it to a simmer.
  • Continue to cook likewise until the liquid reduces to 1/3 its original volume.
  • Throw in rest of the softened butter and whisk it into the mixture until well combined.
  • Adjust the seasonings and drain the ducks out onto a chopping board; set aside until cool enough to handle.
  • Cut them into semi-thin slices and arrange them on a large serving platter.
  • Drizzle the sauce over them and serve warm.

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