Pot Roast Mallard

Preparation info

  • Difficulty

    Easy

  • Serves

    6

Appears in

Floyd on Britain & Ireland

By Keith Floyd

Published 1988

  • About

Old grouse and partridge can be cooked the same way.

Ingredients

  • 1 medium swede, diced
  • 2 lb (1 kg) carrots, diced
  • 2 lb (1 kg) parsnips, diced
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 3 mallards, dressed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 glasses port
  • 2 tablespoons redcurrant jelly
  • 10 fl oz (300 ml) chicken or game stock
  • Juice of 2 oranges
  • fresh rosemary and thyme
  • Salt and black pepper

Method

Spread the vegetables over the bottom of a deep roasting tin large enough to hold 3 mallards.

Brown the birds evenly, one at a time, in a large frying pan with the olive oil and then place on top of the vegetables in the roasting tin. Pour off any oil remaining in the frying pan and de-glaze with the port. Add the redcurrant jelly to dissolve, and pour over the mallards. Finally add the stock, orange juice, rosemary and thyme and season to taste with salt and pepper. Cover with aluminium foil. Cook in the oven at gas mark 8, 450°F (230°C), for 30 minutes, then reduce the temperature to gas mark 6, 400°F (200°C), for a further 30 minutes or so, until cooked.

Take the mallards from the oven and split each in two, removing as much of the carcass as possible while still keeping the shape of the half-bird. Serve on to hot plates with generous quantities of the vegetables and cooking liquor.