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Duck Legs Braised in Red Wine

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Duck (or chicken) legs braised in red wine with dried fruit,

Ingredients

  • 2 whole Duck Legs
  • ½ cups Dry Red Wine
  • 2 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • ½ whole Medium Chopped Onion
  • ½ teaspoons Dried Thyme
  • 1 cup Dried Sour Cherries, Chopped Dried Apricots, Chopped Pitted Prunes, Raisins, Or Cranberries

Preparation

Pierce the skin of the duck in several places. In a large heavy saucepan, over moderately high heat, brown the duck first skin side down until they are almost mahogany colored — about 15-20 minutes. Turn and brown the other side — 3 or so minutes.

Remove duck from pan and carefully pour off the rendered duck fat. We use it to roast potatoes that we serve with the meal.

Return pan to heat and add onion, garlic and thyme to pan and stir. Add salt to taste. Add wine to pan and deglaze scraping up any bits in the bottom. Return duck to pan, skin side up. Add fruit. Reduce heat to simmer, cover pan. Simmer on low for 2 hours.

Remove duck from pan. Reduce liquid in pan until it has thickened somewhat. Serve over duck.

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