Duck Legs with Sauerkraut and Apples

Adapted from Rozanne Gold
Serves 2

  • 2 Duck Leg Quarters
  • 1 1/3 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  • 1 pound sauerkraut (preferably lacto-fermented, nothing but cabbage & salt)
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 2 large Granny Smith apples, unpeeled
  • 3 cups Duck Broth
  1. Gently simmer duck broth until reduced to 2 cups to concentrate flavors.  Set aside.
  2. Preheat  oven to 350 F. Meanwhile, place an 8- or 10-inch non-stick pan over medium-low heat. When the pan is hot, add the legs and cook them slowly, turning several times for 10 minutes. Slowly render the duck fat from the legs, being careful not to burn them. Pour off the fat and reserve it. The duck skin should be browned.
  3. Set sauerkraut in colander or sieve to drain.
  4. Dice one apple into 1/4-inch cubes, removing the seeds. Mix the apple with the drained sauerkraut and put in the bottom of a shallow, medium-sized casserole dish.
  5. Mix 1/3 teaspoon whole black peppercorns, 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt, and 1/2 cup duck stock together in a bowl. Pour the mixture over the sauerkraut and apples. Place the duck legs on top of the sauerkraut mixture and bake for 45 minutes.
  6. Pour 3 tablespoons of the duck fat over the duck and sauerkraut mixture to moisten it while it cooks. Bake the duck 15 minutes longer.
  7. For a garnish, cut the remaining apple into 10 to 12 wedges, removing the seeds. Heat 1 tablespoon duck fat in a small nonstick skillet. When it is hot, sauté the apples over high heat until browned and soft. Remove the casserole from the oven. Put the sauerkraut and the duck legs on a platter and top with the sautéed apple slices.
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