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Wild duck with plum port sauce

Nov 07, 2023James Snoerwang

This elegant dish combines the rich flavor of wild duck with the sweet, earthy notes of pumpkin puree, crispy fried parsnips and a delicious port plum sauce. It is a perfect choice for a special occasion or a festive dinner.

1 duck breast per person for a main course, half for a starter.

Number of persons: 4

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 25 minutes


For the wild duck:

  • 4 wild duck breasts
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 2 sprigs of fresh thyme

For the pumpkin puree:

  • 500 g pumpkin, peeled and diced
  • 2 tablespoons (vegetable) butter
  • 1/4 cup (vegetable) milk
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • A pinch of nutmeg

For the fried parsnips:

  • 2 parsnips, peeled and cut into thin strips
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • Salt to taste

For the port plum sauce:

  • 1 cup red port wine
  • 4 plums (from a jar)
  • 2 sprigs of thyme
  • 200 ml game stock
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Preparation method

  1. Start with the pumpkin puree: Boil the pumpkin cubes in lightly salted water until soft. Drain and puree the pumpkin with butter and milk until smooth. Season with salt, pepper and nutmeg.

  2. While the pumpkin is cooking, fry the Wild Duck: Sprinkle the duck breasts on both sides with salt and pepper. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Add the crushed garlic and thyme. Place the duck breasts skin side down in the pan and fry for 2 minutes on each side, depending on the desired doneness. Remove the duck from the pan and let it rest.

  3. For the fried parsnips: Heat vegetable oil in a deep pan to 180°C. Fry the parsnip strips in small portions until golden brown and crispy. Drain on kitchen paper and sprinkle with salt.

  4. For the port plum sauce: Pour the red port wine and game stock into a saucepan and bring to the boil. Add the plums and balsamic vinegar. Simmer until the sauce thickens, stirring frequently. Strain out the thyme and puree the sauce briefly. Season with salt and pepper.

  5. Slice the wild duck and place on a bed of pumpkin puree. Garnish with the fried parsnip strips and spoon the port plum sauce over the duck. Serve immediately and enjoy this excellent dish!

    Wine tip: A strong red wine; A great Bordeaux, Pinot Noir or a Syrah from the Rhone.

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