Duck Legs Braised in Pinot Noir
Ingredients (serves 4)
- 1/2 onion, roughly chopped
- 1 carrot, roughly chopped
- 1 celery stalk, roughly chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
- 1 cup (250ml) pinot noir
- 150ml port
- Zest and juice of 2 oranges
- 2 bay leaves
- 4 duck marylands (see note)
- 1 tbs olive oil
- 1/3 cup (80ml) demiglaze (see note)
- 8 eschalots, peeled
- 20g unsalted butter
- 1 tbs caster sugar
- Steamed peas and creamy mashed potato, to serve
Place onion, carrot, celery and garlic in a heavy-based saucepan with pinot, port, orange zest and juice, and bay leaves. Bring to the boil, then remove from heat and set aside to cool. Pour over duck legs in a bowl, cover and refrigerate overnight.
Preheat the oven to 150°C.
Drain the duck legs, reserving the marinade and vegetables separately. Pat duck dry with paper towel. Heat oil in a large ovenproof frypan over medium heat. Fry the duck legs for 2-3 minutes each side until golden all over. Remove duck from pan and set aside, then drain all but 1 tablespoon of fat.
Place the reserved vegetables in the frypan and cook for 3-4 minutes until golden. Add reserved marinade, demiglaze and 1 cup (250ml) water and bring to the boil. Add the duck legs and cover with a round piece of baking paper to keep in the moisture, then cover with a lid or foil. Place in the oven and cook for 2 hours or until the duck is tender. Remove the pan from the oven and strain the cooking liquid through a fine sieve into a saucepan. Place the liquid over medium heat and simmer for 3-4 minutes until mixture has reduced to a thick sauce.
Meanwhile, cook the eschalots in a small saucepan of lightly salted water over medium-low heat for 3-5 minutes until tender. Drain well and pat dry with paper towel. Heat butter in a small-heavy based frypan over medium-low heat. Add the eschalots and swirl pan to coat in butter. Sprinkle with the sugar and cook, swirling the pan occasionally, for 3-5 minutes until golden.
Serve the duck with the peas, mashed potato and caramelised eschalots.
Begin this recipe a day ahead. Order duck from butchers and poultry shops. Demiglaze is a reduced stock, from selected delis and butchers – if unavailable, omit the water and substitute 1 cup (250ml) chicken or beef stock.
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