Monday, 21 September 2015

Roast Duck with Fig, Port and Star Anise

Figs seem to be popping up everywhere I look at the moment. They're all over my Instagram feed and beautiful boxes of them are tempting me in the supermarket. I know how Adam and Eve must have felt. When Gressingham Duck, the remarkable duck people, asked me to come up with a twist on the usual fruity sauces served with roast duck, figs immediately sprang to mind. This fruit is worthy of much more than the humble Fig Roll.





Combining fruit with meat is a bit of a Marmite thing for some folk. With the exception of a Ham and Pineapple pizza I'm generally in the love camp. In some cases its a real match made in heaven. Pork & Apple being a perfect example. The sharpness of the fruit cuts through the fattiness of the meat and makes the perfect combination. Duck is often paired with Plumb, Orange and Cherry sauces. Time for an in-season figgy twist.



ROAST DUCK WITH FIG, PORT AND STAR ANISE

1 Whole Gressingham Duck
8 Fresh Figs
150ml Port
1 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
1 Star Anise
25g Demerara Sugar
Salt & Pepper

Roast Duck
Pre-heat your oven to 220°C, Fan 200°C, Gas Mark 7
Remove all packaging. Take bag of giblets out of the body cavity (they’re useful for stock)
Weigh the duck without the giblets. It’s important to do this – don’t just use the weight on the bag, as this includes the giblets
Place on a rack in the roasting tin, prick the skin all over an rub a teaspoon of salt into the skin
Roast in the middle of the oven for 20 minutes per 500g, plus 20 minutes extra
Cut a cross in the top of 4 of the figs, going only 3/4 of the way down. Nestle these in the corner of the roasting tin with the duck for the last 15 minutes of cooking.
Rest the duck for 10-20 minutes before serving.

Fig Sauce
Chop up four of the figs into 0.5cm cubes and place in a small pan with the star anise, port, balsamic vinegar and sugar. 
Bring to a gentle simmer and cook for 10-15 minutes or until syrupy and jammy.
Taste and season with salt and pepper.
Serve alongside the roast duck and roasted figs.


For further inspiration take a look at these 10 quacking (sorry!) recipes from fellow food bloggers plus a couple more from me. Lots more to be found in the recipe section of www.gressinghamduck.co.uk

Gressingham Duck have provided have provided a fantastic hamper worth almost £60 as a giveaway for readers of Foodie Quine. It contains:

• 2 x duck steaks (£4.75 each)
• 2 x duck legs (£4.00 each)
• A whole duck (£8.99)
• Mini fillets (£4.00)
• Duck breast (£8.49)
• Pulled duck legs (£4.00)
• A Gressingham Apron (RRP £15.00)
• A Gressingham Thermometer (RRP £5.00)

Entry is via the Rafflecopter widget below. To enter, let me know in a comment "What's your favourite way to eat duck?" For additional bonus entries you can follow me on Twitter, Tweet about the Giveaway or like me on Facebook. Giveaway ends 12th October 2015 12:00am. Good Luck!

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Disclosure - Gressingham Duck provided me with product and vouchers in return for this post. All views expressed are my own.


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537 comments :

  1. Love duck, and also love savoury meat with fruit sauces so this looks like a keeper. I'm going to be sad when figs are done for the year! I think my favourite way to eat duck is just simply pan seared! Nothing complex.

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  2. I have dick for a xmas dinner as I don't like turkey x

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    2. I was going to delete your original comment but its made me giggle so much that I'm going to let it stay.

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    3. This is hilarious!

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  3. Looks great and sounds delicious. Thanks for including my recipe too - some fab ones in there x

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  4. Nicely roasted with orange sauce

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  5. Love crispy duck with pancakes

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  6. Chinese style is best for me. Thanks for a great giveaway

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  7. I love duck in a wrap with spring onions and hoisin sauce.

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  8. crispy duck with pancake with loads of cucumbers

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  9. Pan fried with plenty of honey garlic and soy sauce with julienne vegetables

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  10. I love a roast duck sunday dinner it makes a lovely change! x

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  11. I like duck pancakes with spring onions, cucumber and hoisin sauce

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  12. ive only eaten it from the chinese so that way :) mm

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  13. Orange sauce is ny favourite with duck

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  14. I'm ashamed to say I've never tried it! Must do soon!

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  15. shredded with cucumber strips

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  16. Usually pan seared and then cut into strips and tossed in a salad.

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  17. Pulled duck in pancakes is fantastic!

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  18. in spring rolls with a nice sauce

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  19. I love crispy roast duck, with veggies and gravy ... delicious

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  20. I love duck breast grilled rare, sliced and served with sea salt and black peper - simple salad and crunchy baguette - heaven!

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  21. Roasted with veg

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  22. I love crispy roast duck with stir fry vegetables.

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  23. I like marinated duck with cucumber and spring onions. I also like to have it with Chinese style pancakes and hoisin sauce!


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  24. Isabell Whitenstall22 September 2015 at 14:16

    I love duck rolled up into pancakes with hoisin sauce

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  25. I like it the Chinese way with Hoi Sin Sauce and pancakes

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  26. I love it roasted with pancakes and hoi-sin sauce with shredded spring onion

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  27. Stir-fried and mixed with beansprouts, sugar snap peas and noodles

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  28. I love duck served with plum sauce, roast potatoes and green veg

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  29. Duck confit on a bed of puy lentils.

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  30. I love honey mustard roasted duck with new potatoes and roasted veg...yum!

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  31. I like it pad fried with onions and savoury rice.

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  32. I like it roasted with broccoli and new potatoes

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  33. with pancakes and plum sauce

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  34. Crispy roasted breast with mashed sweet potatoes and garden peas.

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  35. Love the Chinese way.. cooked crispy with plum sauce, spring onion and pancakes

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  36. David Hamill - Crispy shredded duck is a favourite.

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  37. I very seldom have duck - perhaps it's time to try it more.

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  38. I like it with pancakes and hoisin sauce

    Ashleigh

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  39. With plum sauce in pancakes with cucumber and spring onions

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  40. Honestly, I've never eaten it but would like to try it. I would probably slow roast it.

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  41. I love chinese aromatic duck with pancakes and hoisin sauce.So yummy ! Shame I can't do it though

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  42. This looks so delicious! I love pan fried duck with noodles and an oriental sauce.

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  43. Crispy duck or duck pancakes from Four Seasons, Bayswater, London, is by far my favorite. They are AMAZING!!

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  44. Pan fried, with ginger and apple :-)

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  45. With fresh pineapple in a plum or lemon sauce - yum!

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  46. I love Duck linguine with plum sauce and chopped spring onions.

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  47. with a morello cherry sauce.. just like mum does

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  48. Duck a l'orange

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  49. as part of a Chinese meal

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  50. Roast duck with apricot and apple.

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  51. Crispy duck with spring onions, Hoi Sin sauce & pancakes

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  52. duck with orange sauce, beautiful

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  53. i love duck breast pan fried with really crispy skin. Mmmmmm!

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  54. Confit de Canard in a casserole with mushrooms and carrots.

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  55. I love duck roasted with honey and rosemary, served with roast potatoes and green beans.

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  56. Confit leg with red cabbage and duck fat potatoes. Mmmmmmm.

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  57. Roasted @bexallum

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  58. I like my duck fillet just cooked plain in the oven

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  59. I love duck pan fried, roasted but my favourite is shredded with pancakes and hoisin sauce

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  60. crispy pan fried duck with a soy sauce marinade xx

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  61. In a spring roll with veg or crispy duck with pancakes

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  62. I love duck roasted in the oven then quickly stirfried with a plum sauce. Timing is essential - it has to be pink!

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  63. I love crispy fried duck with chilli jam and couscous

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  64. Roasted with lots of seasonal veggies

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  65. roasted with veg and all the trimmings

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  66. I know what you mean about the meat-fruit Marmite reaction! Love figs. Thank you for linking to #cookblogshare

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  67. I love roasted Duck and we quite often have it for a Sunday Roast

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  68. I love crispy duck breast with spring onions, cucumber and wraps.

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  69. Roasted crispy duck with orange sauce - yummy

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  70. Chinese style crispy duck with hoi sin sauce is the best

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  71. I love to have duck for a Sunday Roast.

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  72. I love to eat crispy aromatic duck with pancakes, soy sauce, cucumber and spring onion!

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  73. Roasted with potatoes and vegetables.

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  74. crispy duck and pancakes nom nom

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  75. Shredded duck with plum sauce & little pancakes.

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  76. I absolutely love roast duck on a Sunday with proper onion gravy, but duck in hoisin sauce is a close second!

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  77. Any way it comes,my brother in law ate 3 in one sitting he,s a big lad

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  78. I love roast duck with a crispy skin

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  79. I love Chinese style crispy duck with plum sauce!

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  80. Crispy duck in pancakes - have it when I am out but have never cooked a duck myself as yet

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  81. I have only ever had it from a chinese takeaway as crispy duck so I'll have to go with that but I think I need to get trying some duck dishes.

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  82. Definitely roasted, with lots of roasted veggies

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  83. I love cripsy duck pancakes with plum sauce and cucumber and spring onion!

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  84. Chinese crispy duck - can't beat it.

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  85. I love my Husband's Duck he serves Duck Breast with a beautiful Plum sauce, Dauphinois Potatoes and Vegetables - Yummy! :)

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  86. Crispy duck is my favourite x

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  87. Roasted Peking Duck with steamed rice

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  88. Duck with plum sauce with roast potatoes, Carrots and parsnips.

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  89. I like duck for Christmas rather than turkey with all the traditional trimmings

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  90. Roast duck with cranberry and orange sauce - yummy!

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  91. With cherry chilli sauce

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  92. I love roast duck with gravy and vegetables done in the Chinese takeaway at my Mum's house... I've never actually cooked it myself yet... this would be a first if I win - would love to give it a go.

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  93. My favourite way to eat duck is in a salad with orange, so tasty and refreshing too!

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  94. pan fried with blackberry jus and fondant potato- had this at my fave restaurant and was amazing

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  95. Love this recipe, definitely my favourite way to eat duck : )

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  96. I love it roasted with spring onions, Hoi Sin sauce & pancakes :)

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  97. Crispy duck wraps!

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  98. Crispy duck and hoisin sauce! Nothing compares!

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  99. Duck with a sticky cherry sauce, noodles and pak choi! Yum yum :)

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  100. Love love love duck! Haven't found a way to do it that wasn't to my taste yet! But, crispy with pancakes, spring onion and shredded cucumber and lashings of hoisin is a real fave of mine!

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  101. Roasted with the fat used for the roast potatoes

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  102. L'orange! I know it's not very different but it's the best!

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  103. Crispy duck in pancakes and hoisin sauce

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  104. I love shredded crispy duck with dipping sauces of orange and plum.

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  105. i love my duck roasted with some hoisin sauce and served with shredded cucumber and rice

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  106. I like it roasted with morello cherries

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  107. i like duck spring rolls with ok sauce xx

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  108. Roasted! yum yum!

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  109. With plum sauce and spring onions!

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  111. Crispy duck in pancakes and hoisin sauce

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  112. I love duck with an orange sauce (a bit cliché I know!!) it's delicious!!! x

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  113. I love crispy duck with plum sauce and pancakes

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  114. Crispy duck with stir fried veg and a plum sauce.

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  115. Crispy duck pancakes are my fave.. could just eat some now....

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  116. I love crispy roast duck with new potatoes, mange tout and sweetcorn

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  117. Believe it or not I have never tasted duck so would love to win this hamper to try it

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  118. i love duck pancakes with orange sauce

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  119. I like roast duck and then use the bones to make a duck soup!

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  120. spring rolls as never tried it any other way

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