This duck ragout is to die for…! It’s so delicious and comforting. An absolute gem for winter 🙂

This recipe is from ‘My Kitchen Rules’ program in channel 7; a cooking game show where the contestants are 10 teams of two people from the states of NSW, VIC, QLD, SA and WA. The teams competed against each other to transform an ordinary home into an instant restaurant.

This duck ragout recipe is from team WA, Holly and Grace. We absolutely love this dish, girls!!

The dish needs about 3 hours to cook, but it’s very easy to make. Easy preparation, the majority of the time is to let the duck with the rest of ingredients simmer and mingle! 😀

I used dry pasta from the supermarket. Of course you can make fresh pasta yourself as per the original recipe.

Pasta with duck ragout

(recipe from ‘My Kitchen Rules’, by Holly and Grace (team WA))

(serves 4)

  • 4 duck marylands
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 2 medium carrots, chopped
  • 2 sticks celery, chopped
  • 1 brown onion, sliced
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 litre chicken stock
  • fresh parsley, to garnish
  • 500 gr pasta. I used dry spaghetti from the supermarket.

Step 1. Place the duck, wine, carrots, celery, onion, thyme, bay leaf and garlic in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate, covered, for 1 hour. Drain duck and vegetables, reserving marinade.

Step 2. Heat oil in a large heavy based saucepan. Add duck, in two batches. Cook until browned all over and sealed. Remove from pan.

Step 3. Add vegetables to same pan. Cook, stirring, until lightly browned. Return duck to pan with tomato paste, stock and reserved marinade. Bring to the boil. Simmer, covered, stirring occasionally, for about 2 ½-3 hours or until duck is very tender.

Step 4. Remove from heat. Discard the bay leaf and remove the duck. Cover to keep warm. Simmer sauce, uncovered, until thickened. Remove from heat. Cover to keep warm.

Step 5. Meanwhile, remove soft duck flesh from bone and shred. Return to the saucepan.

Step 6. Cook the pasta as per packet’s instruction in salted boiling water in a large saucepan. To serve, divide the pasta over plates and generously spoon over the duck ragout. Garnish with fresh parsley.



Dinner tonight was a little bit more fancy than usual 😀

I was thinking during the week to try to cook duck as I have never cooked it before. So I looked for a duck dish recipe and found what I thought I would like. The recipe is from the Masterchef cookbook (from Masterchef Australia TV show) – Thanks Marc for the book 😀

In this dish, the duck is smoked before pan frying. Great, I have never smoked anything before either :D. It’s gonna be an exciting time to prepare this dish. Lucky for me, Ig was happy to help me 😀

Tea-smoked duck breast

(adapted from recipe by Pete Evans, the Cookbook Masterchef Australia, volume one)

(serves 2)

  • 2 duck breast fillets
  • 3 cups (120 gr) baby spinach leaves

Tea smoking mixture

  • ½ cup (40 gr) jasmine tea leaves
  • zest of 1½ oranges, cut in wide strips
  • ½ cup jasmine rice
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 3 whole star-anise
  • ½ tablespoon whole black pepper

Orange sauce

  • 1½ tablespoons caster sugar
  • 1½ tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 cup (250 ml) orange juice
  • ½ cup chicken stock
  • finely grated zest of ½ orange
  • 25 gr butter, diced

Step 1. Score the duck skin with a criss-cross pattern. To smoke the duck, line a wok or frying pan with foil, then place the combined tea smoking mixture onto the foil. Turn on the heat to medium and wait for the mixture to start to smoke. Once smoking, place duck breasts, skin side down, on a rack that fits into the wok or pan. Cover with a lid (I used a wok to cover :D) and cook for 20 mins (I want the duck to be well done, if you like it medium, reduce the smoking time).

Score the duck skin

Tea smoking mixture

Place the duck on a rack over the tea smoking mixture

Smoking process

Step 2. To make the orange sauce, place sugar in a cold pan and melt it down slowly, taking care not to burn. Add vinegar and simmer until sugar is dissolved. Add orange juice and bring to the boil. Reduce heat slightly and simmer until reduced by half. Add stock and simmer again until reduced by half. Add orange zest and whisk in butter. Season to taste.

Orange sauce ingredients

Orange sauce ready

Step 3. Preheat the oven to 160ºC. After the smoking is done, place the duck skin side down in a hot frying pan (oven-proof pan) and cook until fat has rendered (melted) and skin is crispy (about 3 minutes).

Duck breasts after smoking

Pan frying the duck breast skin side down

Step 4. Turn the duck and cook for 3 minutes. Place the pan into the oven and cook for about 10-15 minutes. If you like the duck medium, omit cooking in the oven. Transfer to a plate to rest for a few minutes.

Turn over and cook for a further 3 minutes

Step 5. Remove some of the oil from the pan, heat the pan over medium fire. Add spinach and cook until just wilted. Season with salt and pepper, then strain off any excess liquid.

Wilted spinach

Step 6. Slice the duck breasts and arrange on serving plates with the spinach. Serve with mashed potato. Drizzle with the orange sauce.

Tea-smoked duck breast served with mashed potato and spinach

It’s delicious…!! The duck is very tender and flavoursome and the orange sauce is a gem and compliments the duck very very well.