This is a fabulous retro dish that was very popular in the seventies. You might not think to give your kids duck but ours love this meal and they especially like the combination of duck with fresh tangy orange. It goes well with wild rice and green vegetables such as broccoli and mange tout. If you have more time, it is also delicious with our Boulangère Potatoes and if you want to continue the seventies theme you can serve chocolate fondue with strawberries for dessert!
– 3 duck breasts, with skin left on
– 1 orange, cut into quarters
– 2 shallots, finely chopped
– 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
– 1 bay leaf
– Olive oil, for drizzling
– 200ml orange juice
1. Preheat the oven to 220°C/200°C fan/425°F/Gas mark 7.
2. Prick the skin of the duck breasts with a fork or score with a sharp knife (making sure you don’t cut through to the flesh) – this will help some of the fat come out of the skin and make it nice and crispy.
3. Sear the duck breasts, skin side down, in a frying pan over a high heat until the skin looks golden – you will not need any oil for this as there is plenty of fat in the skin.
4. Arrange the seared duck breasts, skin side up, in a roasting tin and tuck the orange pieces, shallots, carrots and bay leaf around them. Drizzle with a little oil.
5. Roast in the oven until the duck is just cooked through to your liking. This should take about 15 minutes for the meat to be medium and 18 minutes for the meat to be well done.
6. Remove the duck from the pan to rest for a moment while you make the sauce. Add the orange juice to the roasting tin and give it a good stir, then strain into a small saucepan and place over a high heat to reduce down a little. Skim off any excess fat.
7. Slice the duck breasts and pour the sauce over the top to serve.
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