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Roasted Duck with Guinness and Brown Gravy Recipe

2012/06/25 by Varga László


Ingredients (2-4 persons):

  • 1 duck
  • vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • half a can of Guinness (250 ml) – (the rest as well other 2 cans we have drank 😉 )
  • a pinch of cinnamon (1/4 teaspoon)
  • a pinch of ground nutmeg(1/4 teaspoon)
  • two bunches of baby parsley roots (about 250 g)
  • approx. 1/2 kg fresh peas

For the brown sauce:

  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 400 g veal ribs with plenty of meat (you can use other pieces of veal as well)
  • 250 g chicken parts ( I used chicken legs)
  • 1 onion
  • 100 g mushrooms
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 1/2 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 thyme branch
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 dl dry white wine
  • 6 dl water
  • 1.5 liter veal or chicken stock
  • 1/2 tablespoon cornstarch

Preparation Method:

  1. Preheat the oven at 200 °C.
  2. Salt well the duck, place in an ovenproof dish and place it in the oven.
  3. If you you don’t have an electric oven, the you should cover the dish with tin foil to prevent the duck to get too dry. If your oven is electric, don’t bother with the foil ;).
  4. Cook it this way for 1,5 – 2 hours depending on the size of the duck.
  5. Meanwhile prepare the brown sauce:
  6. Dice the veal. Chop the onions.
  7. Heat the oil in a pan and fry the chopped onion and meat  (chicken and veal) until golden-brown.
  8. Chop the carrots and the mushrooms.
  9. Add the crushed garlic, the chopped mushrooms and carrots, tomato paste, thyme and bay leaves and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
  10. Add the white wine and water, stir them well and cook without cover about 25 minutes until its liquid is reduced to a third.
  11. Add the stock and cook another 30 minutes until the liquid is reduced by half, then add the cornstarch.
  12. Cook another 2 minutes, then sift the gravy through a fine filter/strainer.
  13. In a saucepan, mix the honey, brown sugar, Guiness beer, cinnamon, nutmeg and cook them together for 10 minutes.
  14. Then add the brown sauce and simmer for another 15 minutes.
  15. Remove then tin foil from the duck (if needed) and pour over the sauce.
  16. Place the baby parsley roots in the oven dish near the duck.
  17. Baste the duck with the sauce thick at every 10 minutes for an hour.
  18. I made a sidedish – a fresh pea stew with some butter and a pinch of salt and pepper.
  19. Serve half of a duck with the roasted baby parsleys on a side and the pea stew on the other. Place some pickles too, I had some Hungarian: pattypan squash pickles.




1 Comment »

  1. partyhead says:

    Another great recipe,looks delicious

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