Roast Duck With Lentils

1 hour + 3 hours Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 200 g Sugar
  • 200 g Salt
  • 6 Juniper berries
  • 6 Whole cloves
  • 18 Black peppercorns - 6 for Duck and 12 for Lentils
  • 4 Bay leaves
  • 3 Water - 2L for Duck and 4 cups for Lentils
  • 4 Duck legs
  • 3 Garlic - 1 head for Duck and 5 cloves of garlic, finely chopped for Lentils
  • 4 Whole carrots, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 2 Stalks of celery, roughly chopped
  • 3 Onions, quartered
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 1/2 cups Lentils
  • 1 Sprig thyme
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Method

• For the brine, combine the first seven ingredients in a pot and bring to a boil for five minutes. Take pot off heat and leave brine to cool. Once cooled submerge the duck legs in brine and weigh down with a dinner plate, refrigerate overnight for cooking the following day.

• After 24hrs, remove duck legs from the brine and place in a large pot with all the remaining ingredients - fill the pot with water until it just covers the ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 90 minutes. The temperature of the liquid should be about 85 to 90 °C and should be bubbling gently. The duck legs should be fork tender when done. Remove from heat and drain liquid.

• Prior to serving, put the poached duck legs on the top rack of the oven beneath a hot grill and roast for about 5-10 minutes until crispy and golden. Method: Lentils

• Coat the bottom of the pan with extra virgin olive oil on medium heat.

• Add the onion, garlic and carrots and cook until tender but not coloured, about five minutes.

• Add the lentils and stir for a minute or two to coat, then cover with water.

• Add thyme.

• Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer until the lentils are soft,

about 40 minutes.

• Serve duck on top of lentils.

By Selaks

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