DUCK AND POMEGRANATE RAGÙ
This is definitely a house hold and guest favourite in which I have had many requests for. Finally, I can share it with you guys and gals! This ragù is so rich and flavoursome and I thoroughly recommend making a lot more then needed so that there are plenty of leftovers for the days after. This recipe is from an Australian favourite of mine, Donna Hay. Ill let the pictures do the talking!
– 6 Duck Marylands, Skin Removed
– 1 Tbsp Grape Seed Oil
– 1 Tbsp Plain Flour
– 500g Eshalots (French Shallots), Peeled
– 3 Cloves of Garlic, Crushed
– 125ml Pomegranate Molasses
– 70g Tomato Paste
– 250ml Red Wine
– 750ml Chicken Stock
– 3 Sprigs of Thyme
– Sea Salt & Pepper
Preheat the oven to 160°C (325°F). In a large heavy based oven proof saucepan, heat the oil over a medium heat. Dust the duck with the flour and season with salt and pepper. Cook the duck in batches and set aside. Add the eschalots to the pan and cook, making sure you stir frequently for 3 minutes or until they start to go translucent. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant and the eschalots start to go golden.
Add the pomegranate molasses, tomato paste, wine, stock, thyme, salt and pepper and stir to combine. Return the duck to the pan and bring to the boil. Once boiling, cover with a tight fitting lid, transfer to the oven and cook for 2 hours or until the duck as become tender and falling off the bone. Remove the duck from the sauce and with 2 forks shred the meat. Discard any fat and bones.
Return the duck to the pan and over medium heat cook for a further 5 minutes or until the sauce has thickened slightly. I served this ragù on a bed of creamy mashed potatoes and served with some crusty bread. Enjoy!
Full Credit to Donny Hay for this recipe.
Now this was fun! A friend had told me that you could hand your cured meat in a wine fridge (Mason if your reading this thank you!). Mason had told me that he was making duck prosciutto and I thought to myself damn i want to try that. So I did a little research and found a blog that gives you a little bit of a guide on what to do. This blog is awesome, link at the bottom of the page. I found the duck to be a little bit too strong for my liking but for me but this is just the stepping stone for my charcuterie skills definitely more to come.
– 1 Duck Breast (I cut mine from a maryland)
– 1 Packet of Cooking Salt
– Rind From One Orange (Optional)
– 3 Star Anise (Optional)
– Muslin Cloth
– Butchers Twine
First if like me you could only find marylands, remove the breast from the bones and cut off the tenderloin. Next cut the breast in half (you don’t have to but because I wasn’t sure if this would work it allowed for a faster drying time). Pour about 3cm/1inch of a small but deep tray with salt. Lay the breast pieces in the salt and add the optional rind and star anise if you wish. Pour the remaining on top to cover the duck breasts. Cover with a tight lid of cling wrap and place in the fridge for 24 hours.
Remove from the fridge, wash the breasts of all the salt and pat completely dry. Wrap in the muslin cloth and tie with the butchers twine (click to see how to tie). Next you want to weigh your pieces of meat because to tell if it is ready it will have lost 30% of its original mass. Now to hang in my Vintec wine fridge I snapped a bamboo skewer in half and used that to thread through the loop in the end of the tied up meat hanging from the shelf.
When it reaches that magical number it is ready to unravel. It is totally fine if you have white mold growing on the prosciutto however if it is black or green it is no longer any good. Slice thinly and enjoy!