Inspired by Mario Batali's recipe in Molto
1 (about 1.8kg) duck1 bunch sage leaves2 kgcoarse rock salt4eggwhitesTo serve:saba (see note)200 gmwild rocket2radicchio, rinsed and finely shreddedRoast potatoes1 kgDesiree potatoes, washed60 ml (¼ cup) olive oil
Rinse the cavity of the duck and dry with absorbent paper. Season cavity with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper and place sage inside. Tie legs together with kitchen twine.
Preheat oven to 220C. Place enough salt in the base of a roasting pan, just large enough to hold the duck, to form a 2cm base and place duck on top. Whisk eggwhites to a light froth and combine with remaining salt. Cover duck completely with salt mixture. Roast duck for 1½ hours, then remove and rest for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, halve potatoes lengthways, slice into 1cm-thick slices and combine with olive oil in a roasting pan. Season to taste. Roast for 50-60 minutes or until golden and crisp.
Carefully remove salt crust and brush any remaining salt from duck with a pastry brush. Remove skin and discard. Coarsely shred duck and serve drizzled with saba and combined rocket and radicchio and roast potatoes to the side.
Note Saba is the sweet reduction of grape must
and is available from The Essential Ingredient and select