Last week’s French in a Flash on Serious Eats is the dish I make for Mr. English when it’s been a long day. It’s so hearty and earthy, but you hardly have to lift a finger. Plus, duck makes it feel like a special occasion, which dinner always is with Mr. English. I crust the duck skin in salt and herbes de Provence, sear it to crisp it, and then perch it on a nest of soft-crisp new potatoes, roasted sweet sugar snaps, and garden-fresh green onions. The vegetables bathe in the melting fat of the duck, and the duck stays crisp and juicy and hot.
We curl up on the couch and pretend that we live in a French farmhouse with a roaring fire. C’est si bon.
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- 1 1/2 pounds Jersey Royal potatoes, or other small boiling potatoes, sliced in thirds
- 1/2 pound sugar snap peas
- 7 scallions, trimmed and cut in thirds
- 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
- 1 tablespoon olive oil, plus 1 teaspoon
- 2 duck legs, thighs attached
- Herbes de Provence
- Salt and pepper
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
- Prepare the vegetables by slicing the potatoes and scallions into thirds. In a roasting pan, toss together the potatoes with the fresh thyme, 1 scant tablespoon olive oil, and salt and pepper. Put into the oven to begin softening.
- Meanwhile, prepare the duck. Trim the duck of any excess fat, and reserve. Rub both duck legs with 1 teaspoon of olive oil total, just to give it a light coating.
- Sprinkle the duck liberally on both sides with herbes de Provence, and season well with salt and pepper.
- Heat a sauté pan on medium-high heat, and add in the reserved duck fat so that it begins to render. Place the duck legs skin side down into the hot pan, and sear just about 4 minutes until the skin is nice and golden. Flip the duck, and sear another minute.
- Open the oven, and toss the scallions and sugar snap peas in with the potatoes, coating the green vegetables with the seasoned potato oil. Place the duck legs skin side up on the bed of vegetables, and roast for 30-35 minutes, or just until the juices run clear. Garnish with stems of fresh thyme.