Braised Duck Legs with Apples and Ginger
In this perfect dish for autumn, savory duck is slowy braised until it's exquisitely tender, all the while soaking up the delicious flavors of apple, ginger, and Riesling. Serve it over wide noodles or creamy mashed potatoes.
6 whole duck legs (about 12 ounces each), trimmed of excess fat
Salt and ground black pepper
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 medium onion, diced
1 1/2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and minced
1 cup dry Riesling wine
1 bay leaf
1 cup diced dried apples
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
Season the duck legs generously with salt and pepper. Heat the vegetable oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Working in batches, place the duck legs in the pot skin side down and cook until the skin is well browned and crisp, about 10 minutes per batch. Set aside.
Turn the heat down to medium and remove all but about 2 tablespoons of fat from the pot. Add the onion and sauté until it is translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the ginger and cook another minute.
Add the Riesling and the bay leaf and simmer until the wine is reduced by half, stirring and scraping up the browned bits from the pot. Stir in the dried apples.
Return the duck legs to the pot, skin side up, and pour the diluted Glace de Canard Gold® around them. Bring the liquid to a simmer, reduce the heat to low and continue to simmer gently for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, until the duck is fork tender.
Remove the pot from the heat and tranfer the duck legs to a platter. Cover with foil and keep warm.
Let the braising liquid stand for a few minutes, then skim as much fat as possible from the top. Bring the liquid back to a rapid simmer and cook for 5-10 minutes, until it has reduced slightly. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve the duck legs over noodles, mashed potatoes, or rice with some braising liquid spooned over the top. Sprinkle with the parsley.
This dish is delicious with sautéed apples. While the braising liquid is standing in step 6, thinly slice a couple of firm apples and cook them in a little butter until they're just tender. Spoon the apples over the duck or serve them on the side.
Wine Pairing: Riesling, Gerwurztraminer