Make Ahead Provencal Duck Stew
Try this recipe for Provencal Duck Stew before the weather gets too warm. This dish is a great main course for long summer lunches or dinner parties because it is best prepared ahead of time and reheated. Make this recipe in advance and it will allow you to enjoy the meal as much as your friends.
Provencal Duck Stew
- 1 4-5 lb (2-2.2 kg) Duck
- 1 Carrot thinly sliced
- 1 medium Onion thinly sliced
- 1 stalk Celery thinly sliced
- 4 Garlic Cloves mashed
- 10 Black peppercorns
- 10 Juniper Berries
- 1 piece Star Anise
- 1 Cinnamon stick
- 1 Orange for peel and juice
- 1 bottle Pinot Noir
- 2 tbsp Butter
- 1 tbsp Flour
- 1 quart (950ml) Chicken stock
- Cut your duck into eight pieces, like you would breakdown a whole chicken, and put in a large bowl with room for more ingredients.
- Add the carrot, onion, celery, garlic, black peppercorns, juniper berries, star anise, cinnamon orange and pinot noir. Let marinate for 10 to 12 hours sitting out in your kitchen.
- Strain the marinade, separating the vegetables and liquid.
- Melt the butter in a large sauté pan and brown the duck on both sides.
- When browned, remove the duck and sauté the vegetables leftover from the marinade.
- Sprinkle flour over the vegetables, mixing well.
- Strain marinade into vegetables and add the browned duck pieces back to your pan.
- Bring to a boil, then lower to a simmer for one hour.
- As you cook your duck you may need to add chicken stock to keep it moist and stew-like. I ended up using about one quart (roughly 950ml).
- At the end of the cooking time, remove the duck pieces and strain out and discard the vegetables.
- Once the dish is finished allow it to cool completely, cover and put in the fridge.
- To Reheat: Return the duck meat to the pan then simmer for slowly (10-15 minutes). Adjust seasonings and serve.