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    Duck braised in red wine

    • Preparation time: 30 minutes, plus overnight soaking
    • Cooking time: 2 hours 20 minutes
    • Total time: 2 hours 50 minutes, plus overnight soaking

    Serves: 4


    160g Waitrose & Partners Dried Borlotti Beans *
    4 Gressingham Duck Legs
    200g shallots, quartered or halved (depending on size)
    2 x 150g pack baby carrots, trimmed and scrubbed
    ½ x 20g pack fresh rosemary, leaves roughly chopped
    1½ litres fresh chicken stock
    500ml red wine
    2 fresh bay leaves
    300g polenta
    15g unsalted butter
    wilted greens, to serve

    (*Available in selected stores)


    1. Soak the borlotti beans overnight in a large bowl of cold water. Preheat the oven to 180˚C, gas mark 4. Season the duck legs, then put skin-side down in a large, cold fl ameproof casserole dish over a medium-high heat. Cook for 12-15 minutes until the fat renders and the skin is brown and crisp. Meanwhile, drain the soaked beans, put in a pan and cover with fresh water. Bring to the boil, bubble briskly for 15 minutes then drain.

    2. Lift the duck legs onto a plate, then spoon out most of the fat. Add the shallots, carrots and rosemary to the casserole dish, season then sit the duck legs on top, skin-side-up. Roast for 20 minutes, until the vegetables are starting to soften and turn golden. Rinse the bean pan then add 500ml stock, the wine and bay leaves; bring to the boil then add the beans. Lift the duck legs out onto a plate then pour in the bean mixture. Stir to combine with the shallots and carrots, then return the duck to the pan, so the skin sits above the liquid. Braise for 1 hour 20 minutes, until the beans are tender. Lift the duck out onto a plate, then put the casserole dish over a medium-high heat and bubble for 10-15 minutes to reduce the sauce a little.

    3. Bring the remaining 1 litre stock to the boil in a large pan then carefully add the polenta. Whisk and cook for 8 minutes, until thick and smooth; season, adding a little more water if it’s too thick. Stir in the butter. Serve alongside the braised duck and beans, with wilted greens if liked. 

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    This recipe first appeared in Waitrose & Partners Food Comfort Food supplement, November 2019 issue. Download the Waitrose & Partners Food app for the full issue


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