Recipe

Roast duck with cherry sauce

Roast duck with cherry sauce

  • 2 hrs 30 mins cooking
  • Serves 8
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Photography by Brett Stevens. Styling by Yael Grinham.

Ingredients

Roast duck with cherry sauce
  • 2 kilogram duck, whole
  • 450 gram fresh cherries, pitted, halved
  • sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) tawny (port)
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) water

Method

Roast duck with cherry sauce
  • 1
    Preheat the oven to 170°C (150°C fan-forced).
  • 2
    Remove duck from refrigerator 30 minutes before cooking. Rinse duck inside and out, pat dry. Tie legs together with kitchen string. Using a skewer, prick skin of the breast, just into the fat, but not as deep as the meat. Make about 10 holes in each side. This will allow the fat to render out during cooking and will make the skin lovely and crisp.
  • 3
    Place the duck on a wire rack in a baking dish, rub skin with sea salt flakes. Roast, about 2 1/2 hours, or until duck is browned and tender.
  • 4
    Meanwhile, place cherries, soy sauce, tawny, pepper, sugar, balsamic vinegar and water in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to the boil, reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, about 20 minutes, until it becomes syrupy. It will thicken a little more on cooling.
  • 5
    Serve duck accompanied with cherry sauce.

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