California Central Coast Recipes

Duck Ragu

©2017 TheRomanticTable.com
This is a very unusual way to make duck. You can make it with duck breasts available from a good butcher, or do what I did when I couldn't find any, de-bone a duck. Whatever type of duck you use, it needs to be coarsely ground by either your butcher or yourself.

It’s worth the trouble! The best part about this recipe, you can make most of your meal in advance, and while the ragu is simmering,you can clean up the “cooking dishes” in the kitchen, change clothes and relax a bit before your company arrives. This can also be made a day in advance with no problem. In fact the flavor intensifies even more! See my Blog Rethinking Duck Ragu.


www.theromantictable.com ©2017, Duck Ragu
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 2 hours
MAKES 6 SERVINGS.
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Ingredients.

1 Duck , skinned and deboned or
3 duck breasts

1/3 cup Extra-virgin olive oil
1 large yellow onion
1-1/2 large carrots , minced
2 celery stalks , minced
3 oz Pancetta , cut into one-eighth inch dice
2 Bay leafs
1/3 cup chopped Italian parsley plus additional for garnish
1 teaspoons dried thyme
1/3 cup basil , torn
1 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoons freshly cracked pepper
1 cup dry white wine
2 cups canned Italian plum tomatoes , chopped
1/4 teaspoons fennel seeds , crushed in mortar
1-1/2 pounds fresh spinach fettucine
Optional

Parmesan cheese , grated


Preparation Directions.

1 Coarsely grind or cut into 1/8 inch pieces the boned duck. In a large saucepan or stockpot with lid, heat two tablespoons olive oil to medium-high heat and brown duck meat until it turns golden-brown. Remove meat, and drain off fat.

2 In same pan, heat three tablespoons olive oil, add onion, carrot, celery, pancetta, bay leaves, parsley, thyme and basil. Cook vegetables and pancetta mixture five minutes or until soft and lightly browned. –If mixture starts to stick, add more olive oil.

3 Return duck meat to pot. Season with ½ teaspoon salt and the cracked pepper. When the meat is warm, deglaze with wine. Cook on medium-high heat until the wine evaporates(about five minutes.)

4 Stir in chopped tomatoes. Cover and simmer over medium-low heat for at least 1.5 hours, stirring occasionally.

5 Stir in fennel seeds and cook over medium-high heat thirty or more minutes.

6 Meanwhile, bring water in large pasta pot to boiling, add salt, stir and then add fresh fettuccine to water (fresh pasta cooks more quickly than dried pasta—especially when you’re cooking for several people.) Return to boil and cook as directed on package (about 3- 5 minutes.) Drain when al dente.

7 Serve ragu over fresh spinach fettuccine, on warmed dinner plates, sprinkling a little chopped parsley on top for presentation. Optional-Top with Parmesan cheese at the table.


Wine and Food Pairing and Serving Suggestions.

Wine suggestion: This is exceptionally good with a Cabernet.

A tip from Sue!

Choosing a pot

The first thing you to do is get decent cookware. Nothing is more serviceable than stainless steel, that’s what the pros use and is mandated for all commercial restaurants.

Save yourself a lot of trouble and get the best quality stainless steel that you can afford. A few basic sizes will take you a long way!