Tender duck legs, pomme puree and cherry sauce

April 10, 2014


Tender duck legs, pomme puree and cherry sauce

By April 10, 2014

For years I've been terrified by cooking duck. It seemed so tender and crispy at the restaurants, that I didn't have the courage to try and make it at home. Until today when I felt I have nothing to loose. And boy, I've searched for a good recipe that had the right sauce and side, but in the end I've had to clash 3 recipes that ultimately paid off. The meat is so tender, flavorful, the puree is creamy and the sauce has the right amount of sweetness. A perfect treat!

  • Prep Time : 30 minutes
  • Cook Time : 2h 00 min
  • Yield : 4
Nutrition facts (per portion) : 0: 310; 1: 18;


  1. Heat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 3. Heat a shallow casserole dish or flameproof roasting dish, then take your time to brown the duck legs slowly on all sides, in 1 tbsp of olive oil, for 15-20 minutes.
  2. Remove the duck from the pan, restrain one 1 tbsp of fat, then add the onion, garlic and herb bundle. Cook for 5 mins, then toss in the carrots.
  3. Nestle the duck legs, skin side up, among the vegetables, then pour over the stock. Roast for 1 hr until the stock is gently bubbling.
  4. Scatter the turnips into the puddles of stock between the duck legs, then return to the oven for 40-50 mins until the duck legs are very tender and the turnips are cooked.
  5. 20 minutes before the duck is ready, boil the potatoes until ready. Drain them well. Boil the cream until it is reduced by half. Add it to the potato, along with a good pinch of salt and pepper, and the butter, then mash them.
  6. To make the sauce, place the port and the dried cherries in a medium saucepan, along with the sugar and wine vinegar. Bring the mixture up to a gentle simmer, give it all a good stir and let it barely simmer, without a lid, for 20–25 minutes, stirring from time to time. What will happen is that the wine vinegar will slowly reduce so there are only about 4 tablespoons of liquid left.
  7. Serve everything together. duck leg with pomme puree and cherry sauceduck leg with pomme puree and cherry sauceduck leg with pomme puree and cherry sauce duck leg with pomme puree and cherry sauce

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