My roasted duck 'sorta shepherd's pie'

duck pie

Serves 6

  • For the duck

  • 1.5 kg Gressingham duck, giblets removed

  • 1 orange, halved

  • a few sprigs fresh rosemary

  • a few sprigs fresh sage

  • sea salt

  • freshly ground black pepper

  • For the pie

  • olive oil

  • 1 red onion, peeled and thickly sliced

  • 2 sticks celery, cut into 5cm lengths

  • 3 carrots, peeled and cut into big chunks

  • 1 tablespoon plain flour

  • 2 sticks rhubarb, roughly chopped

  • 500 ml organic beef stock

  • 1 kg potatoes, peeled and chopped

  • 500 g swede, peeled and chopped

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 1 splash warm milk

  • sea salt

  • freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 clove garlic, peeled

  • zest of 1 orange

  • 1 handful Parmesan cheese, freshly grated

Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF/gas 4. Wash the duck, inside and out, and pat dry with kitchen paper. Place it breast-side up in a roasting tray, and stuff with the orange halves and herbs. Rub a good pinch of salt and pepper inside and outside the duck. Turn the duck breast-side down and roast in the oven for an hour.



After an hour, remove the tray from the oven, carefully spoon out any excess fat, turn the duck over and pop it back in the oven for another hour. After the second hour, remove the duck from the oven and leave it to cool. Strip off all the meat using a fork or your fingers, pile it on a plate and leave to one side.



To make the pie, heat a large casserole pot over a medium heat and add a splash of olive oil. Add the onion, celery and carrots and cook gently for 20 minutes, until softened. Add the shredded duck meat, flour, rhubarb and beef stock, and cook down for 15 minutes until you get a lovely thick stew.



Meanwhile, boil the potatoes and swede together in plenty of salted water until cooked, then drain and mash with the butter and milk. Season well with salt and pepper and put to one side.



When the stew is cooked, transfer it to a deep earthenware baking dish. Grate over half the clove of garlic, a little orange zest and a handful of Parmesan, then give it a good stir. Heat the oven again to 180ºC/350ºF/gas 4 again. Spread the mash over the top, creating little peaks with the back of a spoon, then pop it in the oven for 30 to 35 minutes, until brown and crispy on top.

Nutritional Information

My roasted duck 'sorta shepherd's pie'

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Intensely meaty duck works a treat in a creamy, swede and potato-topped pie like this one
Serves 6
4h (plus cooling time)
Super easy
Method

I think people feel a bit scared of cooking duck and see it as the sort of thing you only get in posh restaurants. If you think it sounds fussy or expensive, trust me - it's not. It's really a very simple bird to cook and, once you've tried it, you'll cook it again and again!

Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF/gas 4. Wash the duck, inside and out, and pat dry with kitchen paper. Place it breast-side up in a roasting tray, and stuff with the orange halves and herbs. Rub a good pinch of salt and pepper inside and outside the duck. Turn the duck breast-side down and roast in the oven for an hour.

After an hour, remove the tray from the oven, carefully spoon out any excess fat, turn the duck over and pop it back in the oven for another hour. After the second hour, remove the duck from the oven and leave it to cool. Strip off all the meat using a fork or your fingers, pile it on a plate and leave to one side.

To make the pie, heat a large casserole pot over a medium heat and add a splash of olive oil. Add the onion, celery and carrots and cook gently for 20 minutes, until softened. Add the shredded duck meat, flour, rhubarb and beef stock, and cook down for 15 minutes until you get a lovely thick stew.

Meanwhile, boil the potatoes and swede together in plenty of salted water until cooked, then drain and mash with the butter and milk. Season well with salt and pepper and put to one side.

When the stew is cooked, transfer it to a deep earthenware baking dish. Grate over half the clove of garlic, a little orange zest and a handful of Parmesan, then give it a good stir. Heat the oven again to 180ºC/350ºF/gas 4 again. Spread the mash over the top, creating little peaks with the back of a spoon, then pop it in the oven for 30 to 35 minutes, until brown and crispy on top.

Nutritional Information Amount per serving:

Calories

Calories are just a unit of energy. If you eat more than you use you can gain weight, or lose it if you don't eat enough. How much you need depends on your weight, gender and how active you are, but it's around 2,000 a day.

Carbs

Carbs are a great source of energy and, excluding foods such as potatoes, are made from grains - like bread, pasta and cereal. We all need carbs, but try to make them all wholegrain by sticking to brown bread, rice and pasta - they are much more nutritious.

Sugar

We all deserve a treat sometimes, but try to limit your sugar intake. Most of your sugar should come from raw fruit and milk, because they give us lots of nutrients too. Always check food labels so you know how much sugar you're eating.

Fat

We all need to eat a small amount of fat because it protects our organs and helps us grow. But we need to be careful about how much fat we eat and what kinds of fat, because in higher levels it's associated with weight gain, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

Saturates

Saturated or "bad fats" are in beef, pork, chicken skin, butter, cream and cheese. Too much can be bad for our heart and cholesterol levels, but unsaturated or "good fats" in fish, nuts, avocados and some oils can help keep our hearts healthy if eaten in moderation.

Protein

Protein helps our muscles to grow and repair, as well as providing you with essential amino acids. When it comes to protein, try to eat leaner sources such as chicken and fish or non-meat sources such as eggs, dairy, beans, nuts, seeds, tofu and pulses.
  • Calories 257
    13%
  • Carbs 8.8g
    3%
  • Sugar 5.0g 6%
  • Fat 12.0g 17%
  • Saturates 3.1g 16%
  • Protein 27.4g 61%
Of an adult's reference intake

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  • For the duck

  • 1.5 kg Gressingham duck, giblets removed

  • 1 orange, halved

  • a few sprigs fresh rosemary

  • a few sprigs fresh sage

  • sea salt

  • freshly ground black pepper

  • For the pie

  • olive oil

  • 1 red onion, peeled and thickly sliced

  • 2 sticks celery, cut into 5cm lengths

  • 3 carrots, peeled and cut into big chunks

  • 1 tablespoon plain flour

  • 2 sticks rhubarb, roughly chopped

  • 500 ml organic beef stock

  • 1 kg potatoes, peeled and chopped

  • 500 g swede, peeled and chopped

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 1 splash warm milk

  • sea salt

  • freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 clove garlic, peeled

  • zest of 1 orange

  • 1 handful Parmesan cheese, freshly grated