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  • Recipe

    Stefan Kölsch

    Braised Duck Legs with Beans


    How to cook duck legs? You can slow roast duck legs to bring out all the flavours. They are a perfect balance to soft haricot beans and simple yet delicious flavourings.  

    • Serves 4
    • Preparation time 15 mins
    • Cooking time 2¼ hours
  • Ingredients
    • 4 Duck Legs
    • Salt and pepper
    • 2 tbsp olive oil
    • 1 onion (chopped)
    • 40 ml cognac
    • 700 ml chicken stock
    • 250g dried haricot beans (soaked overnight)
    • 1 bay leaf
    • Parsley (chopped)
  • Method
    1. Remove the Duck Legs from all packaging and pat dry with kitchen paper. Allow the meat to come to room temperature.
    2. Preheat the oven to 180ºC/Fan 160ºC/Gas 4. Season the Duck Legs with salt and pepper. Preheat a flameproof casserole dish, add oil and sear the Duck Legs on both sides until golden brown. Add onions and cook for further 2 minutes, deglaze the pan with cognac and add stock.
    3. Bring to the boil, cover with a lid and place into the middle of the oven for 30 minutes.
    4. Drain the beans and pour around the Duck legs in the pan. Add the bay leaf, cover with lid and return casserole dish to the oven for a further 1 ½ hours.
    5. Take the dish out of the oven and increase the oven to 230°C/Fan 210ºC/Gas 8.
    6. Remove the Duck Legs from the casserole dish and place them onto a baking tray, and roast in the oven until the skin is crispy for approx. 15 minutes.
    7. Meanwhile bring the beans to the boil and reduce the liquid if necessary. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
    8. To serve arrange the beans with the Duck Legs onto preheated plates and sprinkle with parsley.
    9. Serve with pan roasted potato wedges with garlic and thyme.
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