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Confit Duck with Sweet and Sour Rhubarb Recipe

Confit Duck with Sweet and Sour Rhubarb


The rhubarb gives a piquant contrast to rich duck confit

  • 500g pack Waitrose slow cooked duck leg confit, or similar
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 fat garlic cloves, unpeeled and bashed
  • 2-3 thyme sprigs
  • 250g rhubarb, cut into 4-5cm sticks
  • 2 tbsps light brown muscovado sugar
  • 2 tsps sherry vinegar
  • 1 tsp light soy sauce
  • Preheat the oven to 220˚C/Fan 200˚C/Gas 7. Take the duck out of the bag, wipe off and discard any excess fat but reserve the natural stock in the bag. Put the duck in an ovenproof pan, skin-side up. Sprinkle with the spices, pat them into the skin, then season. Nestle the garlic and thyme into the pan, then roast for 25 minutes, until the skin is a deep gold and beginning to crisp up.
  • Roll the rhubarb in 1 tbsp sugar, then add to the pan. Roast for 10 minutes, turning after 5 minutes. Remove the duck and rhubarb; keep warm.
  • Spoon off (and discard) the excess fat from the pan, then set the pan over a medium heat. Stir in the remaining 1 tbsp sugar, scraping up any bits from the bottom of the pan. When the sugar has melted, splash in the sherry vinegar, bubble for a few seconds, then add the soy sauce, reserved stock and 1 tbsp water. Simmer until syrupy, season, then serve with the duck, rhubarb, mashed potato and steamed greens.
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