Wild duck cassoulet

Wild duck cassoulet served with fresh salad

Wild duck cassoulet served with fresh salad

This is the second dish in our ‘wild duck week’. A friend of ours gave us some wild ducks, and we decided to celebrate them with a week of duck. It was his idea to make cassoulet, but what an idea it was! The ducks are stronger in flavour than their domestic counterparts, and warrant long slow cooking. I cooked the legs confit. I cured them overnight in salt, thyme and bay, then washed them clean and patted them dry before covering them in duck fat and roasting them gently for four hours at 140oC. I made stock with the carcasses, from which I pulled the meat to serve with chestnut mushrooms and buckwheat pasta.

Serves 4-6 people

4-6 wild duck legs confit
2 litres wild duck stock
1 tablespoon butter
500 grams free range pork neck
4 free range sausage
100 grams free range pork skin, diced
1 cup white wine
2 cups haricot beans*
2 carrots, peeled and diced
2 stalks celery, finely diced
4 sprigs thyme
1 leaf bay
1 sprig rosemary
1 cup breadcrumbs

*substitute with cannellini beans if needed

In the slow cooker for 24 hours

In the slow cooker for 24 hours

Soak the beans overnight.

Melt the butter in a large frying pan. Dice the pork neck and pat dry with a paper towel. Add the pork neck and sausages to the pan and cook till brown. Deglaze the pan with white wine and transfer the liquid to the slow cooker.

Transfer the pork neck to the slow cooker. Slice the sausages and add the slow cooker. Add the pork skin, drained beans, carrot, celery, thyme, bay and rosemary. Cook on low for 20 hours.

Add the duck confit to the slow cooker for a few hours, then transfer to a baking dish, top with breadcrumbs and bake in a preheated oven for 45 minutes.

Serve with a green salad. Enjoy!

Top with breadcrumbs and bake

Top with breadcrumbs and bake

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About Susan

Susan is the ACT Convenor of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. She is currently undertaking a PhD in International Relations. Susan continues to work on the Annual Civil Society Dialogue on Women, Peace and Security.
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