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Duck with Apple and Rosemary Potatoes

Categories: Comfort Foods, Entertaining, Kid-friendly
Type: Main Dishes

Duck, apples, and rosemary blend together perfectly in this mouth-watering recipe.

Prep Time: 20M

Cooking Time: 1H

Serves: Serves 4


  • 4 large duck legs
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 11/4lb (550g) baby new potatoes, halved if large
  • 3 red-skinned apples, such as Rome Beauty, halved, cored, and coarsely chopped
  • few sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • drizzle of olive oil
  • 1 Savoy cabbage, halved, cored, and leaves coarsely chopped
  • pinch of crushed hot red pepper flakes (optional)
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  1. Prick the skin on the duck several times with a fork; do not puncture the meat. Rub the duck generously with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Set aside for 30 minutes, if you have the time, to help crisp the skin. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
  2. Heat a large frying pan, add the duck, and cook for 8-10 minutes or until it has rendered some of its fat and is golden all over. With a spoon, transfer the duck to a roasting pan. Add the potatoes and apples, sprinkle in the rosemary, drizzle with the oil, season with salt and pepper, and toss well. Cook, stirring once or twice, until the duck is crispy and the potatoes are golden, about 40 minutes-1 hour.
  3. Put the cabbage in a pan of boiling salted water and cook for 4-5 minutes until tender. Drain and keep warm. Add to the roasting pan during the last 10 minutes of cooking, and sprinkle with the pepper flakes. Transfer to a serving dish and pass red currant jelly at the table.
  • Use some chunky par-boiled leeks if you're not a fan of cabbage.
  • Duck legs respond well to slow cooking, but if you prefer to use duck breasts (they are sometimes more readily available, and are leaner), score the skin before cooking so it becomes crispy, and reduce the roasting time by half.

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Excerpted from The Illustrated Quick Cook.
Copyright © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited.
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