Duck a la Orange
Duck a la orange is a classical French dish, dated from the 20th century in the Florentine District. The duck must be cooked until it is spoon tender. The duck a la orange is also very popular in the United States from the 1960's. This was also one of the fist dishes we studies while at Warwick Chef School, and I am personally very fond of classical cooking. Just like fashion have trends, so does food. Just like the denim jean always in fashion but in different ways, so are food. Classical foods but differently presented. If you love more french recipes, try out the Apple Tarte Tartin.
Serves: 4 Prep time: 30 Minutes Cook time: 105 Minutes Ready in: 135 Minutes
Nutrition: Calories 350 Carbs: 5g Protein: 19g Fat: 28g
DUCK2 kg duck, legs tied up before cooking salt and pepper for rubbing 100 g butter or margarine 1 orange, cut into ½ wedges 3 sprigs of thyme 3 sprigs of marjoram 2 sprigs of flat leaf parsley 2 carrots, cleaned and roughly chopped 2 celery ribs, roughly chopped 1 onion, cleaned and roughly chopped 150 ml dry white wine 275 ml chicken stock SAUCE ¼ cup sugar ¼ cup orange juice(juice of 2 oranges) ¼ cup chicken stock 15 ml butter 15 ml flour zest of 2 oranges
1DUCK:Preheat the oven to 220° Celsius.
2Season the duck with salt and pepper.
3Melt the butter or margarine and brown the duck over medium heat on both sides in a large heavy-base saucepan.
4Remove duck and place in a large oven dish.
5Add the orange wedges, herbs, onion, carrot, celery, wine and stock.
6Cover with foil and roast for about 30 minutes.
7Lower the oven temperature and roast further for another 1¼ hours.
8While the duck is roasting, start with the sauce.
9SAUCE:Melt the sugar over low heat and cook gently until the syrup becomes a golden caramel colour.
10Add the orange juice and cook until a syrup forms.
12In a separate saucepan, melt the butter and add the flour to make a Roux.
13Whisk in the chicken stock to make a sauce and keep whisking to prevent lumps to form.
14When the duck comes out of the oven, discard the vegetables and herbs and strain the remaining fat.
15Add the oven fat and add it to this sauce and cook.
16Add the orange and sugar syrup to the sauce, as well as the zest of the oranges.
17Cook for about 5-8 minutes until the zest is tender.
18Serve with the duck.
19Garnish with orange wedges.
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