Friday, 6 September 2013

Duck Breast and Plum Sauce with Mashed Potatoes and Kale

So after picking up a few plums, the main recipes that came to mind were mainly fruity ones so I thought why not try something savoury with plums. Duck is a bit pricey but looking at the prices the leg is the cheapest part coming at around £2 for 2 in Asda but you might get a cheaper deal on duck in your local butchers or in the reduced section. A lovely romantic meal for two.

Serves 2

2 Duck Breasts/Leg
1 tsp of Thyme
1 Star anise
25g Butter, plus extra for the kale.

Mash Potatoes
Potatoes (Preferably Maris Piper)
About 25ml Double Cream
Knob of Butter
Dash of Milk

Plum Sauce
3 Shallots, finely chopped
About 8 plums, de stoned and cut into quarters
Splash of Red Wine
300ml Beef Stock
1tsp Cranberry Sauce
1tsp Butter
2 tbsp Demerara Sugar

1. Begin by making the sauce. Put the butter in a pan and leave until it melts. Add the shallots and cook until softened. Add the plums and sugar to the pan and continuously stir until the sugar is gone. Then add wine, stock and cranberry sauce to the pan and let it simmer for about 20-25 minutes on a low heat. Taste and season if necessary.

2. Heat an oven to 180/160c fan assisted. Score the duck skin and season both sides. Heat a medium frying pan place the duck in the pan and if using breast place skin side down and if using a duck leg put it on either side. Fry for about 5 minutes or until sealed.

3. Turn the duck over and add the butter, thyme and star anise. Once this has melted, occasionally baste the juices of the duck by tipping the frying pan and spooning the mixture over the duck. Then put it all in an oven-proof dish and put in the oven for about 10 minutes if cooking with breast. If you are cooking with leg put it in for about 20-25 minutes.

4. While that is being done put two pans of water on to boil and to one add potatoes and the other kale. Kale will need about 5-10 minutes simmering. Potatoes will need 10-15 minutes. Drain when each are done. Return both to the pan.

5. Add butter to the kale and mix it in. With the potatoes add the milk, cream and butter. Mash the potatoes and make sure its all mixed in. The potatoes should be creamy and smooth. Taste and season if needed.

6. When the duck is done, baste and leave to rest. Then, if using breast, cut the breast into slices. Put a dollop of mash and kale next to each other. Add the duck breast, resting on the top. Drizzle the plum sauce over. Serve with a nice red wine.

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