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Perfect for this time of year, a quick, tasty way to use blackcurrants, and a great accompaniment to roast duck.
Servings 4
Calories 426 kcal
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time50 mins

Ingredients
 

  • 4 medium duck breasts
  • 1 tbsp Chinese five spice
  • 4 tbsp blackcurrant jelly or jam
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely crushed
  • 2 tbsp cider or sherry vinegar
  • 6 tbsp cold water
  • pinch or two good quality chicken stock cube
  • 2 tbsp olive or vegetable oil
  • 1 pinch salt
  • freshly milled black pepper
  • 50 g fresh blackcurrants, frozen, then defrosted
  • juice and finely grated zest of 2 large limes
  • 2 tsp double cream, optional

Instructions
 

  • With a sharp knife, crisscross the duck fat about ½ cm intervals cutting through to the fat but not cutting into the flesh.
  • Rub the five-spice well into the breast, then leave to marinate for 1 hour if possible, no probs if not.
  • Place the jam, garlic, vinegar, water, stock cube into a pan and bring to a simmer. Gently reduce until you have a nice thick sauce consistency.
  • Remove from the heat and cool.
  • Meanwhile, heat a frying pan with no oil.
  • Season the duck breast with salt and pepper.
  • Place into the warm pan skin side down and cook for 5-6 minutes.
  • The fat will come out fairly quickly; gently cook in its own fat.
  • Turn over and cook again gently for 5-6 minutes, maximum.
  • Once cooked, remove from the pan, cover well with foil and leave for 10 minutes to rest.
  • Return to the sauce, drop in the defrosted blackcurrants, rewarm, and add the zest and juice of the lime, keep as fresh as possible.
  • Slice and drain the duck really well into 3 slices, across the grain of the meat, drain again.
  • Serve with a spoon or two of sauce, no more.
  • Serve with roasted onions and minted new potatoes.
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Nutrition Facts
Five Spice Sauteed Duck with Blackcurrants
Amount per Serving
Calories
426
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
18
g
28
%
Saturated Fat
 
5
g
31
%
Cholesterol
 
177
mg
59
%
Sodium
 
208
mg
9
%
Potassium
 
716
mg
20
%
Carbohydrates
 
18
g
6
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
10
g
11
%
Protein
 
46
g
92
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Cuisine British, ITV This Morning, Summer
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