Roast duck breast with asparagus, caramelised shallot and hispi cabbage

servings4
50 minutes

Ingredients

Roast duck breast

  • 4 duck breasts
  • salt
  • pepper

Duck sauce

  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 sprig of fresh thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 300ml of bitter
  • 50g of butter
  • 500ml of chicken stock
  • rapeseed oil

Hispi cabbage and shallots

  • 1 hispi cabbage, finely shredded
  • 2 shallots, thinly sliced into rings
  • 2 knobs of butter
  • salt
  • pepper

Seared asparagus

  • 12 asparagus spears
  • 1 knob of butter

Method

1
Heat a small amount of rapeseed oil in a thick bottomed saucepan over a medium heat. Fry the sliced onion, garlic, thyme and bay leaf until golden brown
  • rapeseed oil
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 sprig of fresh thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
2
Continue to fry for 2-3 minutes. Then, add the bitter and bring to the boil, cook until reduced by 3/4
  • 300ml of bitter
3
Add the brown chicken stock, bring to a simmer and reduce again by half. Strain through a fine chinoise. Whisk in the butter and season to taste with salt and pepper. Set aside until required
  • 500ml of chicken stock
  • 50g of butter
4
Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil. Lower in the shredded cabbage and cook until tender - about 3 minutes, strain and set aside
  • 1 hispi cabbage
5
Place a thick bottomed saucepan over a medium heat and add the butter. As soon as it begins to foam, add the sliced shallots and sweat in the butter before adding the hot blanched cabbage. Cook for a further 5 minutes and season to taste with salt and pepper
  • 1 shallot
  • 2 knobs of butter
  • salt
  • pepper
6
Blanch the asparagus in boiling water for 3 minutes until tender, strain and plunge into ice water to refresh. Cut each spear in half lengthways and pan-fry in a little butter until a light golden brown colour. Season with salt and keep in a warm place
  • 12 asparagus spears
  • 1 knob of butter
7
To cook the duck, preheat the oven to 220˚C/gas mark 7. Gently score the skin with a sharp knife. Season the duck breasts with salt and pepper and heat 1 tbsp of rapeseed oil in a roasting tray or ovenproof pan on top of the stove
  • 1 duck breast
  • salt
  • pepper
8
Place the breasts, skin-side down, in the tray and fry over a medium heat for 8-10 minutes, allowing the skin to release fat while turning golden brown. Turn and finish cooking in the oven for 7-8 minutes. Remove from the tray and leave to rest in a warm place for 4 minutes
9
Slice the duck breast and serve with the warm asparagus, hot cabbage and hot duck sauce