Serves 4
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To serve:

  • Pat the duck legs dry with paper towels. Use the tip of a sharp knife to prick the skin of the duck wherever it covers fat, but avoid piercing the meat itself.
  • Salt the duck legs well and allow them to rest at room temperature for 45-50 minutes.
  • Pour a thin layer of oil or duck fat into the bottom of a casserole just big enough to hold the duck. Place the duck legs in, skin side up, so that they’re close together but not overlapping.
  • Without preheating, place the casserole in the oven and turn it to 150˚C/130˚C fan/gas mark 2.
  • Cook the duck for an hour and ten minutes, then check it. The skin should be beginning to crisp up.
  • Once the skin is starting to look crispy, turn up the heat to 190˚C/170˚C fan/gas mark 5 and cook for another 15 minutes until the skin is golden brown and crispy.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to rest for 10 minutes before eating. Serve with a cheesy potato gratin and mixed greens.
  TOP TIP: Reserve any duck fat in a small bowl or tub and pop it in the fridge once cool. Next time you’re making roast potatoes, cook them in a little of the duck fat for the crispiest roasties you’ve ever had!

Note: duck fat can be used as an alternative to olive oil if you wish.