I hope you all had a wonderful Easter break! I feel completely refreshed but I wish it was a little longer.
Spring is finally here, flowers are blooming everywhere and it makes me think of sunny warm weather, picnics and garden parties. The weather hasn't really been great so far. A few days warmish and then back to the rain and cold wind. It's miserable. I see friends going to the beach and enjoying the sun wherever they are in the world and here I am in wet England. It isn't really that bad but these duck rolls are great for those days you fancy pretending you are soaking up the sun in the South of France. It has all the flavours of duck confit and the sweetness of the mango and the tanginess of the lime combine so well, it makes it a very summery dish. Bring the summer on!
Here is what you need:
4 duck legs
6tbsps duck fat
2 garlic cloves
Bread rolls (I used the hot dog kind)
2 limes, juice and zest
Sprig of mint leaves
Prepare an oven dish with 3-4 tbsp. of melted duck fat. Scorch the skin of the legs and salt them thoroughly on both sides and set them in the oven dish. Let them rest while you preheat the oven at 180 degrees. Cook for 90min, if the skin is not golden and crispy let it cook for a little longer.
Once it is cooked and out of the oven let it cool and separate the duck of the bone like you would with pulled pork except it won't fall off the bone. Salt slightly and mix it with the fat.
Heat a pan with the rest of the duck fat, the garlic and a quarter of the meat. Let the garlic cook with the meat and then pour it all with the rest of the meat. You can now keep the meat in a small container with the fat, it will last longer in the fridge that way.
For the rolls:
If the meat is cold, warm it slightly with some of the fat.
Cut the mangoes and the mint in very small pieces, put them in a bowl with the lime juice and mix well. Let the flavours develop for at least 10-15min.
Warm the bread slightly and cut. You can take a bit of the bread inside out to make space for the duck but it isn't necessary. At the bottom of the bread put 1-2 tsp of the mango mix, put 1-2 tbsps. of the duck and add a couple of tsps of mango at the top and a drizzle of the lime/mint sauce. Prepare to wow your family and friends!