Roast Duck with Vanilla Pears, Red Cabbage and Dumplings

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Health Score:
6,4 / 10
3 h.


For the duck
1 duck leg (2.5 kg roasting)
1 Apple
4 onions
2 carrots
200 grams Celery
1 rosemary
50 grams sugar
1 organic Orange
500 milliliters chicken stock
1 Tbsp Orange sugar
For the vanilla pear
2 Pear
1 Vanilla bean
100 milliliters white wine
50 milliliters Pear juice
1 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp lemon juice
For the red cabbage
1 kilogram Red cabbage
100 grams Apple
50 grams butter
2 cloves
2 centiliters Crème de cassis
¼ l water
l Red wine
2 Tbsps sugar
2 Tbsps Vinegar
freshly ground peppers
For the dumplings
6 (day old) White rolls
100 milliliters milk
1 Tbsp butter
1 shallot (finely chopped)
1 egg
freshly ground peppers
How healthy are the main ingredients?
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Preparation steps


Preheat oven to 180°C (approximately 350°F).


For the duck: Peel onions and chop. Cut apple into quarters, remove seeds and chop. Peel carrots, rinse and trim celery and cut both into slices. Season duck inside and out with salt and pepper. Fill with apple and 1/3 of the onions. add rosemary then close and secure opening with toothpicks.


Place remaining vegetables in a roasting pan and put duck on top. Rinse orange in hot water, remove a piece of peel and add to roasting pan. Peel remaining orange, fillet orange sections and cut flesh into pieces.


Place duck in the oven for about 30 minutes. Then pour in broth and let the duck stew an additional 1.5-2 hours. Baste throughout with the gravy.


For the red cabbage: Remove outer leaves of cabbage, cut in half, remove stalks and cut with a vegetable slicer into thin strips. Heat butter in a pan then add cabbage, apples and cloves. Pour in water, cassis and red wine. Add sugar and vinegar, season with salt and pepper. Cover and simmer for about 45 minutes.


For the dumplings: Cut rolls into slices, place in a bowl and pour warm milk over to soak. Cook shallots in hot butter until translucent. Add egg to squeezed out rolls, season with salt, pepper and nutmeg, mix gently and leave for 30 minutes. Shape mixture into dumplings. In a large pot, bring salted water to a boil, add dumplings and cook for about 15 minutes in gently boiling water.


For the vanilla pear: Mix wine, juice, sugar and lemon juice and bring to a boil with a vanilla pod slit in half. Rinse pears, cut into quarters, remove cores and poach pears in sauce until al dente.


Remove finished cooked duck, carve, sprinkle skin with orange sugar and briefly bake until crispy under the grill. Meanwhile, pour out sauce, skim off fat, season with salt and pepper and thicken to taste. Serve duck with sauce, red cabbage and potato dumplings and garnish with vanilla pears.