Rick Stein's Duck Cottage Pie

Rick Stein's duck parmentier, as seen on his BBC2 series, Rick Stein's Secret France, is like a duck twist on a cottage pie.

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Introduction

Tom Kevill-Davis wrote a book called The Hungry Cyclist and he’s married to Aude Bonnetain, whose family make excellent Burgundy in Auxey-Duresses. In his book, this is what he had to say about grape picking. ‘For all its “bucolic romance” picking grapes in Burgundy is back-breaking

 

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

4 confit duck legs
4 shallots, chopped
a few fresh thyme sprigs, leaves stripped and chopped
175ml red wine
200ml chicken stock
handful flatleaf parsley, chopped
800g potatoes, cut into 5cm chunks
100-125ml warm milk
150-200g Comté cheese, grated
salt and black pepper

Instructions

Tom Kevill-Davis wrote a book called The Hungry Cyclist and he’s married to Aude Bonnetain, whose family make excellent Burgundy in Auxey-Duresses. In his book, this is what he had to say about grape picking. ‘For all its “bucolic romance” picking grapes in Burgundy is back-breaking work. Seemingly endless days are spent bent-double, snipping at grapes while you steadily hike uphill. The work is relentless and monotonous and the high point of each day is lunch. Served at a communal table back at the domain, this is a moment to drink, recharge and refill. Four courses are served generously and washed down with unprofessional amounts of wine, before everyone staggers back into the vineyards for the arduous afternoon shift. As well as working in the vines herself, day after day, Aude’s mother miraculously rolls out faultless four-course feasts for the 20-strong team of dog-tired workers slumped around her table. Her food is exceptional and a standout dish among the loyal workers, who return year after year, is parmentier de confit de canard. Unctuous, filling and restorative, it has legendary status among the team.’

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