This is not the exact way that Joanne and Fran say to do it in their book, but close enough. It is a superb dinner party dish, as it is pretty easy, doesn’t take too long to prepare and looks and tastes great on the plate.
Steamed tenderstem broccoli is a lovely accompaniment.
To serve 4
Duck – 1 large one
Shallots – 1 small packet (about 10-15)
Turnips – about 8
Cider – 300ml + a little more if the sauce gets too thick
Knorr Vegetable stock pot – 1
Olive oil for roasting
Salt and pepper
A little plain flour for thickening the sauce
- Set the oven at 200°C/Gas 6.
- Place the olive oil in a large roasting tin, and place in the oven to get hot.
- Stab the duck all over, and rub a generous amount of seasoning into it.
- Place the duck on the heated oil basted roasting tray, and roast for 1 hour and 15 minutes*
- Peel and chop the shallots and turnips into rough bite size chunks, then place on the roasting tray and roast with the duck.
- When the duck has finished roasting, remove from the roasting tray, cover and allow to rest for about 15 minutes.
- Also remove the turnips and shallots, and keep warm.
- Meanwhile, steam the broccoli/prepare any greenery you may be serving as an accompaniment.
- And meanwhile again, make the sauce: drain some of the oil/fat off the roasting tray (you could re-use it for roast potatoes).
- Next, sprinkle a little flour and the stockpot into the tray, followed by the cider.
- Whisk the sauce to prevent any lumps of flour, and to incorporate some of the meaty sticky bits on the roasting tray. If it is too thick, add a little more cider, if it’s not thick enough whisk in a little more flour (just make sure it’s little by little so you don’t get a lumpy insipid sauce).
- Once the sauce is done, carve the duck and serve.
*Read the instructions on the packet/listen to your butcher though, because this will depend on the size of the duck.
If you read my post you’ll see that I didn’t get round to pictures, but I’m quite pleased about that because it means I’ll have to make this again soon to take some.