HOW TO CLEAN AND COOK THE DUCK

Usually the duck is sold already without plumage and gutted, ready to use. But let’s quickly see how to clean the duck in just a few steps if you bought it whole.

Eliminate the feathers; Carefully wash the plucked duck, dry it and place it on a work surface. Cut with a knife near the chest and extract the entrails and the goiter and remove the excess fat. Rinse well and drain excess water. Keep the liver aside, you can use it to prepare a delicious paté. Below is the recipe.

Wash and dry the duck’s liver, cut it into thin slices and marinate it with 4 sage leaves, a pinch of black pepper and 500 ml of milk for 3 hours.
Chop an onion and brown it with 2 tablespoons of butter. Add the drained liver and brown 5 minutes. Wet with the liquid from the marinade and cook until the meat is tender.
Pour the mixture into a blender and add 1 teaspoon of salt. Press the button until you get a smooth cream.
Arrange the paté in a bowl and enjoy it with crispy slices of toasted bread and a drizzle of butter or extra virgin olive oil. Doesn’t it seem like an excellent idea for your appetizers and aperitifs?

You can use duck meat for the preparation of several quick second courses. Let’s see some tasty recipe with chopped duck.

Duck meat has a sweet and delicate taste that goes well with potatoes, but also with vegetables such as peppers. You can prepare the stewed duck with peppers in just a few steps.

Cut a clean and ready-to-use duck into pieces: separate thighs, chest and wings, as you do with chicken.
Prepare a sauce with 1 white onion and let it dry in the pot.
Wash two yellow peppers, remove the seeds and cut them into large pieces. Add the duck in pieces, add salt, add pepper, thyme and brown.
Add the vegetables in pieces and cook for 5 minutes on a high flame. Cover with a lid and cook over low heat for an hour.
If necessary, add half a glass of water to help cooking.

Still with the duck in pieces you can make a tasty single dish based on rice.
Wash the duck pieces, dry them and cut them into half-breasted cubes. Marinate the other parts with olive oil, lemon juice and thyme.
Brown thighs and wings in a pan with 4 tablespoons of olive oil and cook for half an hour with half a glass of water. Fry 1 onion in a saucepan, add the diced breast and roast it. Pour in half a glass of red wine and cook for 15 minutes. Drain the meat and set aside.
Toast 300 g of rice in the sauce left in the pan, add 200 ml of hot water and cook. The last few minutes add the duck morsels.
Remove from heat and stir in 50 g of taleggio and 20 g of butter. Serve the risotto with the roasted duck pieces. You can also serve duck with polenta or boiled potatoes.

How to cook duck

On the occasion of the evening dedicated to the duck on Friday 3 November, Al Postiglione Restaurant illustrates various cooking methods for this delicious meat to be savored.

The duck meat is an ingredient with a sweet, delicate flavor and in some well-stocked supermarkets you can find it already cleaned and cut into pieces, ready to cook.

The duck meat is distinguished by the color and consistency of variables according to his habits (wild or domestic) and his diet (grass, algae, corn, feed or animals). The wild duck can be considered a game (or black meat, even if red), while the domestic duck, although having consistency and color more similar to chicken or turkey, represents almost a compromise between white meat and black meat .

The duck has a weight that varies from 1 to 3 kilos depending on the sex of the animal and it is important to choose it young enough to have a more tender and prepared meat for each type of preparation. The tastiest part is definitely the chest!

How to clean duck breast
The duck breast is the part that is mostly used in the kitchen, also because it is very easy to treat. It has a weight of about 250 gr if it comes from a female animal and can weigh up to 500 gr if it belongs to a male. Cleaning it is quite simple if it has already been plucked by a butcher.

Remember to remove all impurities from the skin , or the small feathers that may have remained attached. It is sufficient to use tweezers and patiently clean everything well. Alternatively you can burn the hair , but we suggest you have a little patience and use the tweezers because it’s worth it and the end result will be better!

Cooking in a pan
The best way to prepare a duck breast is to cook it in a pan. The leather should be engraved with a very sharp knife, drawing a sort of grid, but without cutting the underlying meat as well.
The pan must be very hot and it is not necessary to add oil or butter. Just cook the skin part first and in this way the meat will cook with its own fat.

Only when the side of the skin is well browned , with a pair of pliers you can turn the piece to cook it on the other side. Create an accompanying sauce by glazing the remaining fat in the pan with an alcoholic part, after having eliminated the meat which in the meantime must rest wrapped in the silver paper.

Grilled cooking
With duck breast you can also prepare barbecues and skewers . In this case, however, it is better to eliminate the fat part of the skin. You simply have to cut it with a sharp knife, keeping one palm of your hand on the meat and following the line of the skin with the hand that holds it.

And if you want to taste all the delicacy of the duck without dirtying the stove, come to the Al Postiglione Restaurant event on Friday 3rd November! You will be conquered by the menu of the evening thanks to the originality of the combinations proposed by Chef Caterina: