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Duck pies

Method

  • Saute the Swiss Brown mushrooms with the 2 shallots, the garlic, 1 tbsp each chopped tarragon and parsley, and a little oil. Then allow to cool in the refrigerator.
  • Once cool, combine the mushroom mixture with the duck meat, chicken mousse and orange zest. 
  • Then mix in the red wine sauce and taste for seasoning. 
  • Preheat oven to 180°C fan forced (200°C normal).
  • Cut 12 x 12 cm rounds in the puff pastry.
  • Then place a herb crepe on top of 6 pastry rounds and spoon the duck mixture into the centre of each one. Fold over each crepe, cover with the 6 remaining pastry rounds and crimp the edges. 
  • Brush the pies all over with egg. Lightly score the tops with a sharp knife and cook in the oven for about 15 mins until golden brown.
  • At the same time, heat a little oil in a pan and gently saute the wild mushrooms and remaining shallots until golden brown, stirring now and again.
  • Add the tomatoes and stir until softened. 
  • Then sprinkle the remaining herbs on top and season. 
  • To serve, spoon a little parsley puree in the centre of each plate, arrange the sautéed mushrooms around the edge and sprinkle the duck sauce over. Then place a pie in the centre and garnish with a little watercress around the edges. 
  • nb. Chicken mousse is cooked minced chicken with egg whites and seasonings folded through. And it's optional to use the parsley puree. 
  • Ian Curly -The European, Melbourne

Ingredients

  • 100 gm Swiss Brown mushrooms, sliced
  • 4 shallots, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh tarragon
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • olive oil
  • 400 gm confit duck leg meat
  • 300 gm chicken mousse
  • grated rind of 1 orange
  • 80 ml reduced red wine sauce
  • 600 gm puff pastry, rolled out to 2mm thickness
  • 6 savoury herb crepes
  • 1-2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 good handfuls of sliced wild mushrooms
  • 2 large ripe, red tomatoes, peeled, cored & diced
  • sea salt & freshly ground pepper
  • parsley puree
  • duck sauce
  • a bunch of fresh watercress

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