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Pressed roast duck with crackling

You'll need to start this recipe at least a day ahead.

You'll need

4 1.8kg ducks 3 golden shallots, finely chopped 2 tbsp red wine vinegar 3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped 1 bunch of chervil, leaves picked 1 bunch of chives ¼ tsp freshly grated nutmeg ¼ tsp ground cloves ½ tsp freshly ground white pepper


  • 01
  • Preheat oven to 180C. Season skin and cavity of ducks with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper and place on a rack inside a roasting pan. Using a skewer, prick duck breasts all over. Roast for 1 hour, then reduce heat to 150C and cook for 1½ hours or until flesh is tender. Stand for 20 minutes. Combine shallot and vinegar and stand for 30 minutes.
  • 02
  • Remove duck skin and refrigerate. Using fingers, remove flesh and coarsely shred, combine with shallot mixture and remaining ingredients and season to taste.
  • 03
  • Line a 10cm x 25cm loaf tin with a piece of plastic wrap with some overhang. Spoon mixture into tin, press firmly and fold over extra plastic wrap to cover. Place a piece of thick cardboard on top, weigh down with food cans and refrigerate overnight.
  • 04
  • Preheat oven to 180C. Thinly slice duck skin and scatter in a single layer over an oven tray and roast for 10 minutes or until crisp.
  • 05
  • To serve, turn out pressed duck, remove plastic wrap, slice and serve with crackling.

At A Glance

  • Serves 8 people
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At A Glance

  • Serves 8 people

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Dec 2006

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