Roasted duck breast with plum sauce

Roasted duck breast with plum sauce

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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Prep:
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    • Plus resting
  • Easy
  • Serves 2

This easy yet impressive recipe makes a stylish main course for a special occasion

Nutrition:
HighlightNutrientUnit
kcal904
fat64g
saturates20g
carbs39g
sugars38g
fibre2g
protein44g
low insalt1.05g
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Ingredients

For the plum sauce

Method

  • STEP 1

    For the sauce, fry the shallot in the oil for 5 mins or until softened but not coloured. Add the plums and sugar, stirring for a few mins until the sugar has dissolved. Add the red wine and stock, then simmer for about 15 mins, stirring occasionally, until softened and slightly thickened. Keep warm or leave at room temperature for up to a day before reheating to serve.

  • STEP 2

    Meanwhile, heat the oven to 180C/ 160C fan/gas 4. Score the skin of the duck breasts with a sharp knife and season well with salt and pepper. Heat a non-stick frying pan and place the duck breasts in, skin-side down. Fry for 6-7 mins, then turn and add the thyme, star anise and butter. Allow this to melt, basting the duck with the juices, then transfer everything to a small roasting tin and finish in the oven for 5-6 mins for pink or 10-12 mins for well done.

  • STEP 3

    When the duck is ready, baste again with the juices, then rest for 5 mins while you finish everything else.

  • STEP 4

    To serve, thinly slice each duck breast on a chopping board. Arrange on each plate along with a spoon of the Creamed potatoes, some of the plum sauce and the Buttered spinach.

RECIPE TIPS
CREAMED POTATOES
Quarter 450g Maris Piper potatoes and boil in salted water for 20-25 mins until cooked. Drain well, return to pan and mash, gradually adding 50g butter, 50ml double cream and 50ml milk as you do. Season.
BUTTERED SPINACH
Wash 250g spinach leaves in a colander. Throw into a big pan with a knob of butter and some seasoning, then wilt for 1 min, stirring.
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