Yield: 2 servings
|Olive oil; for cooking|
|50 grams||Unsalted butter|
|2||Duck breast fillets; (Lincolnshire)|
|1||Garlic clove; peeled|
|120 millilitres||Dry white wine|
|1 tablespoon||Light muscovado sugar|
|1 small||Bunc flat-leaf parsley|
|150 millilitres||Double cream|
|Salt and freshly ground black pepper|
Preheat the oven to 220C/450F/Gas 7 and heat a frying pan.
1 Shred the courgette with a mandolin, squeeze out the excess moisture in a clean tea towel and place in a bowl.
2 Peel and shred the potato using the mandolin and squeeze out the excess moisture in a clean tea towel.
3 Add to the courgette, season generously and mix well to combine. Add a squeeze of lemon juice to prevent the mixture from going brown.
4 Add a little oil and a knob of butter to the heated frying pan and put in 2 x 10cm/4" lightly oiled cooking rings.
5 Divide the potato and courgette mixture between the cooking rings, pressing down with the back of a spoon. Cook for 3-4 minutes on each side or until cooked and golden brown.
6 Heat a heavy-based frying pan. Add a knob of butter to the pan and seal all over. Add the duck breasts to a small roasting tin with a trivet and cook in the oven for 10-12 minutes, depending on how rare you like your duck.
7 Drain the excess fat off the frying pan that you cooked the duck in.
Finely chop the shallots and add, stirring until well combined and cook for another 2-3 minutes until softened.
8 Crush the garlic clove with a pinch of salt and stir into the softened shallots. Cook for another 30 seconds, stirring.
9 Pour the Calvados into the pan and light with a match to cook off the alcohol. Pour in the wine and cook for a minute or two, scraping the bottom of a pan with a wooden spoon to remove any sediment.
10 Reduce the heat and simmer the Calvados mixture until reduced by two-thirds, stirring occasionally.
11 Heat a small frying pan. Add a squeeze of lemon juice into a bowl of water, stirring to combine. Peel the apples and, using a melon baller, scoop out even-sized balls and drop straight into the bowl.
12 Add the remaining butter to the heated frying pan and tip in the sugar.
Cook over a low heat until the sugar has just dissolved.
13 Add the apple balls to the butter and sugar mixture, increase the heat and cook for 2-3 minutes until just tender and lightly caramelised.
14 Remove the duck from the oven and set aside in a warm place to rest.
Finely chop the parsley and set aside for garnish. Stir the cream into the reduced down Calvados mixture and cook for a minute or two until slightly reduced and thickened.
15 Carve the duck into thin slices, pouring any juices into the sauce.
Place a potato and courgette cake on a serving plate and arrange the sliced duck on top.
16 Pour over some of the sauce and garnish with the apple balls and some of the parsley. Serve at once.
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Recipe by: Anything You Can Cook Converted by MM_Buster v2.0l.