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Best Braised Duck Legs Recipe

Best Braised Duck Legs Recipe

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I propose for you today to enjoy dinner with the best braised duck legs recipe, with thyme and dried plums. If you serve it with mashed potatoes and sauerkraut, success will be guaranteed.

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Usually, duck meat menus are quite rare in our families, although duck is particularly tasty. In my opinion, we should try a recipe from this poultry at least once a month.

Today I chose to make the duck in braising form, that is, in the oven and in a mixture of wine and water. You will see how tasty it will be!

This recipe is similar to roasted chicken legs in oven, which you can also find on our blog.

Preparing the Ingredients

Although this is a duck leg recipe, I bought a whole duck that I cut into pieces. I used the duck legs and breast in the recipe, and from the back and wings, I will make a delicious soup.

Best Braised Duck Legs Recipe-Duck Legs and Breasts

I will use a larger red onion, four cloves of garlic and about 7-8 pieces of prunes, for more flavour.

Best Braised Duck Legs Recipe-Onion, Dried Plums and Garlic Cloves

I sliced the onion into thicker slices and I crushed the garlic a little with the knife blade.

Best Braised Duck Legs Recipe-Sliced Onion

Let’s Make the Best Braised Duck Legs Recipe!

Because we will make the duck legs in the oven, we prepare a baking tray, I chose a heat-resistant glass one.

Slightly cut the duck thighs and breasts so that the fat under the skin drains more easily, season with salt and pepper and place them on the bottom of the tray.

Best Braised Duck Legs Recipe-Seasoned Duck Legs and Breasts in Baking Tray

Sprinkle the prunes among them, they will give a special aroma to the sauce that will form.

Best Braised Duck Legs Recipe-Seasoned Duck Legs and Breasts With Dried Plums in Baking Tray

We are going to place the onion slices on top and cut them a little thicker.

Best Braised Duck Legs Recipe-Sliced Onion on Seasoned Duck Legs and Breasts

And because the duck meat matches the slightly sweet taste, I will pour a little honey on top, put the garlic cloves and season with marjoram and a few sprigs of thyme.

Best Braised Duck Legs Recipe-Honey and Thyme on Seasoned Duck Legs and Breasts in Baking Tray

We still need some liquid in the tray, so I poured about 50 ml of rose wine, 100 ml of water and about 50 ml of sunflower oil.

Best Braised Duck Legs Recipe-Duck Legs and Breasts in Oven Ready to Braise

Braise the Duck Legs in the Oven

I covered the heat-resistant glass tray with aluminium foil and put it in the preheated oven at 240 degrees, about 15-20 minutes. After that, we reduce the temperature to 130 degrees and braise for another hour.

After an hour, take the foil off the tray and put it back in the oven for another 20 minutes.

Best Braised Duck Legs Recipe-Duck Legs and Breasts is Half Ready

Depending on the type of oven you have, bake until the duck legs turn a golden colour.

Best Braised Duck Legs Recipe-Ready to Serve

And with that, the best braised duck legs recipe is ready to serve!

How to Serve the Duck Legs?

In Hungarian cuisine, duck legs are most often served with mashed potatoes and sauteed red cabbage. That’s how we will serve!

Best Braised Duck Legs Recipe-Served With Mashed Potatoes and Sauteed Red Cabbage

You can pour over a tablespoon of the sauce from the pan, and decorate with cooked prunes.

Best Braised Duck Legs Recipe-Served With Mashed Potatoes,Sauteed Red Cabbage and Prunes

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Best Braised Duck Legs Recipe-Served With Mashed Potatoes and Sauteed Red Cabbage

Best Braised Duck Legs Recipe

Timea
I propose for you today to enjoy dinner with the best braised duck legs recipe, with thyme and dried plums. If you serve it with mashed potatoes and sauerkraut, success will be guaranteed.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 40 mins
Total Time 1 hr 50 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine Hungarian
Servings 3 portions
Calories 194 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 pieces duck legs
  • 2 pieces duck breasts not necessary
  • 1 piece red onion thicker slice
  • 4 pieces garlic cloves little crushed
  • 6 pieces prunes
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground pepper
  • 4 teaspoons honey
  • 50 ml roze wine or red wine
  • 100 ml water
  • 3 springs thyme
  • 2 teaspoons marjoram
  • 3 tbsp sunflower oil

Instructions
 

  • Slightly cut the duck thighs and breasts so that the fat under the skin drains more easily. I sliced the onion into thicker slices and I crushed the garlic a little with the knife blade.
  • Season the duck legs and breasts with salt and pepper and place them on the bottom of the tray. Sprinkle the prunes among them, place the onion slices on top, pour a little honey on top, the garlic cloves and season with marjoram and a few sprigs of thyme. Pour about 50 ml of rose wine, 100 ml of water and about 50 ml of sunflower oil.
  • Cover the tray with aluminium foil and put it in the preheated oven at 240 degrees, about 15-20 minutes. After that, reduce the temperature to 130 degrees and braise for another hour. After an hour, take the foil off the tray and put it back in the oven for another 20 minutes.
  • Best serve is with mashed potatoes and sauteed red cabbage.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gramsCalories: 194kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 1gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 1556mgFiber: 1gSugar: 10g
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Enrique

Thursday 13th of August 2020

Hi, Timea,

Your duck recipe looks delicious! I love chicken, turkey, and duck, although the latter has more fat than the other two and we have to be careful with its consumption.

The only problem is my oven takes forever. It's an electric oven. I used to have a gas oven, but then I moved to another house and everything is electric here.

Anyway, I will try your recipe. Just one more thing, what can I use to substitute sauerkraut? Not a big fan. Any ideas? 

Thanks for sharing.

Timea

Friday 14th of August 2020

Thanks, Enrique for the appreciation, if you don't like cabbage, you can replace it with some sauteed vegetables or mushrooms. Don't worry about the oven, I also have an electric oven and I'm happy with it.

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