Saturday, 11 April 2009

Easter Duck & Orange with Carrot Rice



Everyone knows duck and orange really combine well, but add some garlic and some carrot rice, and the plate explodes with colour and taste.



Recipe Ingredients: (enough for 2, "x 2 for 4 people")
  • 250grs basmati rice
  • 2 duck legs (with skin and bones)
  • 2 large garlic cloves (1 finely sliced, 1 minced)
  • 1 large carrot (grated)
  • 1/2 onion
  • 3 oranges (pealed and sliced)
  • salt and pepper + some olive oil.



Another way too easy recipe to make, put a frying pan on the stove with a little olive oil, once hot add the sliced garlic and a little salt and pepper, and the duck legs which you previously scored (a few cuts through the skin, which helps release the duck fat), brown the legs on both sides also as soon as the garlic starts to brown remove it to a little dish.

Now use two sliced oranges, and lay on the bottom of a small pyrex with a drizzle of olive oil, season them and place the duck over them and juice one of the slices over the duck also add the browned garlic, cover with a little foil and place in the oven @ 180c for 40 minutes and then remove foil increase heat to 200c for a further 10 minutes, during which you can make the rice.

For the rice put a pan with boiling water on the stove, and season it salt and pepper and it will be done in 10-12 minutes, while that is doing let's make the carrot sauce. on the same frying pan where you browned the duck use this fat still and heat it, once hot add the minced garlic and onion, let these brown and once browned add the carrot grated, stir occasionally and as it get dry add a little water, fry a little more it gets a little dry add a little water, you repeat the process around three times, on the third and last time don't let it dry as it needs to be moist. Drain the rice and while draining it pass also some boiling water through it, and once completely drained add it to the sauce, season it and stir-fry it, once well combined and hot, arrange in on the plate with the duck and add the last sliced orange which serves both as decoration as well as a palate cleanser., also the orange coked in the pyrex mash it with a fork as it will combine with the garlic and some of the duck fat it is delicious when you eat it with the rice. Have fun, this is a delicious dish for Easter.


31 comments:

Alexandra Moura said...

Looks veri delicious,uma variante do nosso pato com laranja,esta com um aspecto bem bonito,tenhas uma boa páscoa na companhia da familia e amigos beijocas doces.

s. stockwell said...

mmmmmm...just what we needed to get up and start cooking for a huge brunch tomorrow. We can smell the oranges and the richness of the duck! nice...best, s

Ricardo said...

Brigada Alexis, uma B O A P A S C O A para ti e os teus tambem. Brigada pelo comento e visita... jinhos xxxx :)

Hi there S. Stockwell..glad to hear that, it was a very nice dish one that I hope to repeat eating in the future, it has been over 30 years since I had duck last. Thanks 4 the visit and lovely comment. :) xx

Salt N Turmeric said...

This looks yummy Ricardo. Iv never cook duck on my own before.

Chef E said...

The second photo looks like it is smiling at ya, so it must be good! I love orange in Chinese food so I am sure this is wonderful, now I am hungry!

Ricardo said...

There is always a first time, as you can see I also hadn't had duck for over 30 years. Loved it ,, thx for visit and comment. xxx :)

Ricardo said...

Yeah I was waiting for someone to notice the smiley face on the plate, you done it cheers Chef E , also for the visit and comment thx :) xx

Sophie said...

Ricardo, this dish looks superb! MMMMM...
Creative person you are!
I wish you a Happy Easter!

Robin said...

Thank you for sending me this, it looks so delicious. I love duck! I mailed in my recipe for mashed veggies to the Better Homes and Gardens today. The contest will not be judged until Nov. 2009 after that I can post my recipe for all to enjoy. Keep cooking those delicious and original dishes Ricardo. What a beautiful presentation also.

Ricardo said...

Thank you so much Robin and Sophie, both for visit and comments....really loved them... H A P P Y E A S T E R. to both of you and all my other followers. kisses xxx

giz said...

A great combination of duck and orange with the carrot rice.
Best of wishes for a memorable Easter.

Ricardo said...

You're so nice Giz, appreciated the visit and comment. A VERY HAPPY AND MEMORABLE EASTER for you too. :) xxx

Nicole said...

Duck+Orange+Carrot+Rice=happiness
I will be thinking of this meal as I work the Easter Holiday...Don't cry...Go ahead..enjoy it...I'll be okay....Now what time did you say that Easter dinner is? Maybe I can leave now and get there!
Happy Easter to you and you family Rico...Nicole....

Ricardo said...

Thank you Nicole I really enjoyed what you said... and your visit... Don't work too hard..happy Easter ... for you and yours. xxx

Kim, Ordinary Recipes Made Gourmet said...

There you go again, fixing another fantastic dinner and somehow my invite never arrived! SHAME on you Rico! LOL

Tangled Noodle said...

Citrus is such a nice complement to the wonderful richness of duck! And what a great Easter dish alternative although we are having a traditional baked ham tomorrow. I've never cooked duck before but it's about time I did!

Ricardo said...

Hi Kim, I didn't think I had to invite you as my door is always open. Thx for comment and visit..HAPPY EASTER. xxx

Tangled, thx for visit and comment, they were lovely, Looking forward to see that ham...I only made duck as had not eaten it for over 30 years, it was about time I had made it too. HAPPY EASTER. xxx

Natasha said...

Looks delicious!

Ricardo said...

Thx Natasha...appreciated ...Happy Easter xxx

shizuokagourmet said...

Dear Ricard!
Greetings!
Orange Duck probably started in France, but the whole world has come with so many variations!
Well done!
Cheer,
Robert-Gilles

Ricardo said...

That is the beauty about food shizuokagourmet, is something everyone can control and thus creating so many variations of the same dish, fusing it with other cultures, is so very exciting. Thanks for comment and visit. :) loved it.

Sock Monkey said...

That looks really good. Normally, I only make duck for New Year's Eve, and just roast it with sage butter, then do a mushroom long grain and wild rice dish to go with it. Whole duckling always seems to come with a package of orange sauce, but I never use it. Leftover duck is great in crepes with cranberry sauce or plum sauce, although that might also be a good use for the packet of orange sauce.

Ricardo said...

I really like the rice you mention, I make something like it sometimes, is really delicious. Duck goes really well with sweet but zesty or acidic fruits, a bit like pork...I too never use packet sauces I like to always make my own...these were really juicy Jaffa Oranges and it was delicious, I like your crepe idea I do use them for wraps and sometime enchiladas, but I prefer tortillas to make enchiladas, check my previous posts to find really good enchiladas..Thx for visit and comment I loved it. :)

Christelle said...

Great carrot rice twist on the orange theme, sounds perfectly yummy to me! :))

Ricardo said...

Carrot always married well with orange but traditionally in desserts like carrot and orange cake and smoothies carrot and orange smoothie. So why not apply it to savouries, that was the idea behind this dish...I think hard when creating my dishes, I don't just plop all kinds of stuff together :) This one I am very prod of ..it made dish of the day on several bloggers portals Portuguese and English alike. Thx for visit and comment very much appreciated. wait for my next carrot dish hehe is a "bomb"

Lo said...

Nice color here. I love the citrus-duck combo -- so classic. LOVE the carrot addition.

Ricardo said...

Definitely a must make must try really tasty and very nice, this one you can eat with your eyes as well as your stomach. hehe thx for visit and comment.

Alta said...

This looks really tasty!

Ricardo said...

It was really tasty Alta, really was, tanks for your visit and comment. cheers !!! xxx :)

SaraLynn said...

Fantastic presentation! I bet it was delicious :)

Ricardo said...

Thank you so much SaraLynn, your comment has been really appreciated, thanks and kisses :) xxx

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