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tea smoked duck

for the marinade:
½ tsp coriander seeds
¼ tsp white peppercorns
6 whole cloves
225g/8oz golden caster sugar
550g/1lb 3oz coarse sea salt
25g/1oz fresh flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
2 tbsp finely grated lemon zest

for the duck:
4 duck breast fillets (approximately 200g/7oz each)
225g/8oz golden caster sugar
50g/2oz cup loose Ceylon tea
3 star anise, crushed
1 tbsp groundnut oil
a knob of butter

marinate the duck: finely grind the coriander seeds, peppercorns and cloves with a mortar and pestle, then stir together with the sugar, salt, parsley and zest in a large bowl.

score the duck skin in a crosshatch pattern with a sharp knife. Bury the duck breasts in the salt mixture and chill, covered, for 30 minutes. Rinse the duck breasts lightly and dry well with kitchen roll.

to smoke the duck: if you don't own a proper smoker, line the inside of a large turkey roasting pan with foil and spread with loose tea and top with sugar, and star anise. Place a foil-covered rack (cooling racks work well) inside the roaster. Put the roasting pan on top of the stove, centred on one burner. Place the duck breasts on the rack. Heat the pan, uncovered, over a moderate heat until the sugar-tea mixture begins to smoulder, about 2-3 minutes. Reduce the heat to low, cover tightly, and smoke the duck for 10 minutes. Remove the roasting pan from the heat.

to cook the duck: preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6. Warm an ovenproof frying pan with cooking oil over a medium heat. Fry the breasts, skin side down, for 8-10 minutes. Pour away any excess fat from the pan and add a knob of butter. Turn the breasts over and place in the oven to finish cooking for a further 5-10 minutes depending on the thickness of the breasts and desired doneness.

remove from the oven, baste with butter in pan, transfer to a plate and allow to rest for 5 minutes before slicing

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posted by ramtops on 18 Jul 07 - 4002 views

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