Like Nigella before me, I am a big fan of the flavour that comes from the leg of the duck. Rather than choose the pricier and far shallower taste that comes with the breast, I adore digging in to a gorgeously roasted leg.
So when I saw that my local Sainsburys had two-packs of duck legs on sale for only £2.50, I grabbed a couple and jumped right in to create my own masterpiece.
And it really was very very simple.
2 duck legs
4 sweet potatoes
Place the duck legs, skin side down, into a frying pan (no oil necessary) for about 2 – 4 minutes on medium-high heat to sear the outside. It should be a nice golden brown. Flip it over and sear the other side as well.
The fat from the skin will leak out into the pan, so don’t throw it away!
Meanwhile, chop up your sweet potatoes into cubes. I was pleasantly surprised to have a WHITE sweet potato in my bag. I’d never run across one before and had to look it up to be sure it wasn’t some sort of mutant. Apparently, a white sweet potato is not a sweet as an orange one, but it’s not as savoury as a regular potato. I found it to be REALLY nice!
Once potatoes are chopped up and legs have seared nicely, place the duck legs (and all that luscious fat) into a roasting pan and put all the sweet potatoes in around them. Again, no need for oil as the natural duck fat is going to roast the potatoes nicely.
Add some salt and pepper all over everything and then place a few sprigs of fresh thyme on top.
Now place the whole thing in the oven at 180 C for about 90 minutes (1 hr 10 for fan assisted).
When it’s done, plate it up and serve with your favourite green veg. I chose some chopped up baby leeks cooked in italian seasoning.
The best part? This only cost £2.30 per person and left us with lots of left over potatoes!