Salt duck and pickled prunes

  • Main
  • medium
  • 2
  • 40 minutes, plus 24 hours marinating time



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Salt duck

Parsley crumb

Pickled prunes

To serve

The day before serving, prepare the mallard for salting. Cut away the backbone and wishbone from the mallard. Place a gentle pressure on the bird to flatten it slightly, then place in a medium dish
  • 1 mallard
Sprinkle over the salt, ensuring an even spread across the bird, along with six turns of the pepper mill. Add the thyme and bay leaf to the dish, cover well and transfer to the fridge to marinate for 24 hours
Bring a large pan of water to the boil. Once the mallard has finished marinating, carefully lift it from the dish and place it into the water. Allow the liquid to return to the boil and simmer the bird for 2 minutes
Once cooked, use tongs to carefully remove the mallard from the pan and place on a baking tray or dish. Set aside and leave to cool
Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4. Line a baking tray with baking parchment
For the parsley crumb, finely chop the parsley. Place in a bowl with the garlic, breadcrumbs, olive oil and seasonings and mix well to combine
Pour the parsley breadcrumb mixture across the lined tray and bake in the oven for 5-6 minutes until golden and crisp. Remove from the oven and leave to cool until ready to serve
For the pickled prunes, combine the jelly and vinegar in a medium pan and soften over a gentle heat. Pit the prunes and add them to the pan along with the cinnamon, pepper, bay leaf and citrus peel
Simmer for 5 minutes, stirring gently, then remove from the heat and pour into a clean container. Seal and leave to cool, then store in the fridge until required
To serve, remove the legs from the mallard and slice each in half. Remove the breasts and finely slice into even pieces, dividing the meat between serving plates. Add a handful of watercress to each plate, topping with a generous spoonful of pickled prunes garnished with the parsley crumb. Drizzle over a little olive oil and serve immediately
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