Duck jambalaya-style stew
I made this for Alberto and I on Sunday evening. It’s from a new cookbook called Spice Up Your Life that my lovely friend Chris gave me for my birthday when we met up on Saturday. I thought that the combination of rich, meaty duck and spicy, succulent chorizo would be an interesting one so I decided to give it a go.
The recipe as listed serves four but I scaled it down for just the two of us,
4 duck breasts (or 1 per person)
2 tablespoons of olive oil
225g of gammon, cut into small chunks. (I got some ham ends, offcuts from sliced joints, from the deli counter in Sainsbury’s. They worked nicely.)
225g of chorizo, skinned and sliced
1 onion, chopped
3 celery sticks, chopped (as Alberto and I hate celery I substituted two leeks which worked just as well.)
1-2 fresh chillies, deseeded and chopped
1 green pepper, deseeded and chopped
600ml of chicken stock
1 tablespoon of chopped fresh oregano (I forgot to buy this and so used dried. It seemed ok.)
440g tin of chopped tomatoes
1-2 teaspoons of hot pepper sauce (As Alberto’s not keen on too much spice I only used a couple of dashes instead.)
Chopped fresh flat-leaved parsley to garnish
Remove the skin from the duck and discard it. Cut the duck into bite-sized pieces.
Heat half the oil in a large, deep frying pan and cook the duck, gammon and chorizo over a high heat, stirring frequently, until browned and sealed on all sides. Remove from the frying pan and set aside.
Add the garlic, onion, leek and chillies to the pan and cook over a medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until softened. Add the green pepper and then stir in the stock, oregano, tomatoes and hot pepper sauce. Stir well.
Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and return the duck, gammon and chorizo to the pan.
Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes.
Serve garnished with chopped parsley and accompanied by rice.
Really tasty and a lovely mix of flavours. And you can control how spicy it is. How much it tastes like genuine jambalaya is another matter entirely mind you…