Duck Casserole with Damsons

Preparation info

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Appears in

Modern Classics

Modern Classics

By Frances Bissell

Published 2000

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The casserole is a very easy recipe, which can be adapted to chicken, guinea fowl or pheasant. Rabbit, too, is delicious with damsons; farmed rabbit will cook in the same time as the duck, wild rabbit will take about twice as long. If you cannot get damsons, use mirabelles, greengages or small plums, all on the under-ripe side.


  • 2 × 2.5 kg (5 lb) ducklings – but see below
  • 2 onions, peeled and sliced


You can, of course, make the casserole with duck portions, but if you buy the whole birds, this is what to do with them.

Remove the wishbone from each duckling, then with a sharp knife, remove each breast. These are for another meal, for four, and can be marinated and refrigerated. Cut off the wings and the legs. Divide the leg joints into thigh and drumstick, and cut the wings into the