Slow-cooked duck legs in Port with celeriac gratin
2 duck legs
2 carrots, roughly chopped
1 small onion, roughly chopped
1 tbsp plain flour
1 bay leaf
1 star anise
2 strips orange skin (with a potato peeler)
500ml chicken stock
For the gratin
100ml double cream
1 garlic clove, squashed
1 rosemary sprig
25g butter, plus extra for greasing
¼ small celeriac (about 100g), quartered and thinly sliced
1 small potato, thinly sliced
grated parmesan, for sprinkling
seasonal vegetables, to serve
Cook:2 hrs, 30 minsPrep 15 mins + infusing
Heat oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3. Put the duck legs in a
flameproof casserole set over a medium heat. Brown all over,
then remove from the casserole and set aside. Pour off all but
1 tbsp of the fat, leave more fat in the pan if you are doubling or
tripling (save the drained fat for your Christmas roasties). Add the
carrots and onion to the casserole and cook for 5-10 mins or until
starting to caramelise. Stir in the flour and cook for 1 min more.
Return the duck along with the remaining ingredients. Bring to a
simmer, then cover with a lid and put in the oven for 2 hrs.
Meanwhile, prepare the gratin. Put the milk, cream, garlic and
rosemary in a pan set over a low heat. Bring to a gentle simmer
for 5 mins, then remove from the heat and leave to infuse for
30 mins. Grease 2 ramekins (about 8cm diameter, 5cm deep).
Arrange the celeriac and potato slices in the ramekins, seasoning
the layers as you go. Remove the garlic and rosemary from the
milk, pour over the veg, then dot with butter. Cover tightly
with foil and bake with the duck for 1½ hrs.
Once cooked, remove the duck and gratins from the oven.
To freeze the duck, cool, then pack into a freezer container,
pushing the duck under the sauce. If it doesn’t cover it, lay cling
film on top. Use within 2 months. Thaw in the fridge, then reheat
in the casserole and complete from Step 4. Increase oven to
220C/200C fan/gas 7. Put a heavy can on top of each foil-wrapped
gratin and stand for 15-20 mins, or chill like this until needed.
Once pressed, turn the gratins out onto a baking tray, sprinkle
with a little Parmesan and bake for 20 mins until golden.
Meanwhile, remove the duck legs from the casserole, strain the
cooking liquid into a clean pan and bring to a rapid boil. Reduce
the sauce by half until thickened and glossy. Add the duck legs
and heat through. Put a duck leg on each plate with a little sauce
spooned over the top. Serve with the gratins and seasonal veg.