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Vanilla & Orange Slow Roasted Duck Legs

This recipe is presented to you by Our Kitchen.

Serves 4

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Photo credit: Emma Boyd

An easy-to-prepare recipe that you can cook all year round and will be sure to impress your guests.

Ingredients

Duck

  • 4 duck legs, skin on but trimmed of any excess fat
  • 2 oranges, juiced
  • 2 cinnamon sticks, broken in half
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 10 peppercorns

Jus

  • Pan juices
  • 2 oranges, juiced
  • Salt and pepper

Salad

  • 4 carrots, peeled
  • 1 orange, juiced
  • 2 teaspoon thyme flowers (you can substitute these for leaves if you can't get flowers)
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

Duck

  1. Marinate the duck legs in the orange juice, cinnamon, vanilla and peppercorns overnight. Keep the orange halves and add these too.
  2. Preheat your oven to 300°F. Using a sharp knife pierce the duck skin all over, then place legs skin-side down on a wire rack. Place half a cinnamon stick, a few peppercorns and an orange half onto each duck leg. Reserve the liquid for basting.
  3. Place the wire rack in the oven (near the top element) and place a baking tray underneath to collect the fat that pours out in surprising volumes! Cook for 2 hours, basting (spooning the liquid over the legs) every half hour or so.
  4. In the last half hour of cooking, turn the legs over so that the skin can crisp up and turn golden.

Jus

  1. Tip the fat out of the baking tray and add to this the juice of 2 oranges, season with salt and pepper.
  2. Place on the stove top and heat through until a dark jus forms.

Salad

  1. Using a good, sharp peeler, run the length of the carrots, creating long ribbon-like strips. You could do this using a mandolin should you have one.
  2. Mix together the orange juice, oil, balsamic vinegar and salt and pepper and pour over the carrots. Leave in the fridge for half an hour to marinate.
  3. Remove carrot from the fridge and mix through the thyme flowers.

To Assemble

  1. Divide the salad between 4 plates, place a duck leg on each and pour over the jus.