Duck with vodka and cherry sauce

Duck with vodka cherry sauce


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Preheat the oven to 200°C/gas mark 6
Pat the duck breasts dry with kitchen paper. Score the skin with a sharp knife and season with sea salt and black pepper
Place the duck breasts, skin-side down, into a cold, dry frying pan. Turn the heat up to a high heat and cook for 5 minutes, until the fat begins to render and the skin turns golden brown
Slice the courgettes lengthways and drizzle with half of the oil. Season with salt and pepper and place in the oven
Flip the duck breasts over, cook for a further minute and then transfer them to a tray. Cook in the oven for 15 minutes (pink) or up to 18 minutes (well-cooked)
When the duck and courgettes are ready, remove from the oven, cover with foil and leave in a warm place to rest
In the meantime, make the cherry and vodka sauce. Place the cherries, vodka, stock, honey and cornflour in the Vitamix container and secure the lid. Turn the dial to 1 and slowly increase the speed to 10. Blend for 3 minutes
Pour the remaining olive oil through the lid plug opening and secure the lid plug again. Turn the dial to 1 and slowly increase the speed to 10 then blend for a further 2 minutes
To reheat the sauce or thicken it, transfer to a small pan and simmer for 5 minutes to reduce or reheat
To serve, pour some of the sauce onto the base of each plate. Carve the duck breasts and serve with the courgettes
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