This dish is a luxurious, yet comforting, example of the beauty of Italian cuisine. You’ll be proud to serve – and happy to tuck into – tender duck with perfectly crisped skin, rich red wine-infused ragù, and creamy, cheesy polenta mash topped with toasted pine nuts.
Percentages are based on an adult's daily intake
|Typical Values||per 100g||per serving|
of which saturates
of which sugars
|Fibre||1.2 g||8.3 g|
|Protein||7.4 g||49.5 g|
|Salt||0.59 g||3.95 g|
In addition to the recipe specific allergen information provided, due to production and packing methods Gousto boxes may also contain low levels of the following allergens: Cereals containing gluten; Crustaceans; Eggs; Fish; Peanuts; Soya; Milk; Nuts: almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, cashews ,pecan nuts ,brazil nuts, pistachio nuts, macadamia nuts; Celery; Sesame; Sulphur dioxide and Sulphites; Lupin; Molluscs; Mustard.
Preheat the oven and prepare your duck legs
Set the oven to 160°C/ 140°C (fan)/ 325°F/ Gas 3 and boil a kettle.
Season the duck all over with a pinch of salt, then add to a cold, dry, wide-based oven-proof casserole dish with a matching lid. (Or use a frying pan and an oven-proof dish lined with tin foil). Cook for 6-7 minutes on medium-high or until browned all over and the fat has rendered.
Tip: brown the skin and render the fat to add flavour.
Once browned, transfer the duck legs to a plate and reserve the dish for later.
Prepare the vegetables and stock
Peel and finely dice the brown onion[s] and carrot[s] (skins on). Peel and slice (don't chop!) the garlic.
Strip the rosemary leaves from the stems and chop finely. Discard the stems.
Dissolve the beef stock cube[s] and Just Add Wine sachet[s] in 250ml [400ml] boiled water.
Cook the vegetables for the base
Discard some of the oil from the oven-proof dish so you're left with just 1 tbsp [2 tbsp]. Return the dish to a medium heat.
Once hot, add the diced onion, carrot, garlic and rosemary with a pinch of salt and cook for 5-6 minutes or until starting to soften.
Once softened, add the tomato paste, chopped tomatoes, beef stock and a pinch of sugar and cook for 3-4 minutes.
Add the duck legs and pop in the oven
Sit the browned duck legs, skin side up, over the sauce and cover with the lid.
Put the dish in the oven for an initial 1 hour 20 minutes or until the duck is tender and cooked through, and the sauce is thick and rich.
Use this time to clear up, set the table, have a cup of tea or simply chill!
Prepare the cavolo nero and garnishes
After 1 hour, chop the cavolo nero roughly, including the stalks.
Grate the Italian hard cheese.
Add the pine nuts to a baking tray and put the tray in the oven for 5-6 minutes or until golden. Once golden, remove from the oven and set aside until serving.
Re-boil a kettle.
Crispen your duck and cook the polenta
Once the duck is tender, increase the temperature to 220°C/ 200°C (fan)/ 425°F/ Gas 7, remove the lid from the dish and cook for 10 minutes further or until the skin is crispy.
Add 400ml [800ml] boiled water to a pot and bring to the boil over a high heat. Be sure to add 1/2 tsp [1 tsp] salt!
Once boiling, gradually whisk the polenta into the water in a steady stream, whisking continuously to stop lumps from forming.
Reduce the heat to medium and continue to whisk the polenta for 2-3 minutes or until thickened to a mashed potato-like consistency.
Add cheese and seasoning to the polenta
Once thickened, add the grated cheese with a large knob of butter and whisk to combine. Taste the polenta and add another pinch of salt and pepper if needed. This is your cheese polenta.
Re-boil a kettle.
Add the chopped cavolo nero to a colander over the sink and pour over all of the boiled water until bright green and wilted.
Serve the rich sauce over the cheese polenta with the duck leg on top and cavolo nero to the side.
Garnish with the toasted pine nuts.