You can’t have Duck on a diet! Yes you can 🙂
One of my all time favourite treats is Duck with Pancakes from the Chinese Takeaway as it feels like a real luxury.
Since being on my weight loss quest I have steered away from this tasty treat as duck is renowned for its fat content.
Not being one for giving in I investigated further and discovered that simply skinning the duck breasts and using authentic Rice paper pancakes can keep the calorie content down )
This is 5 syns on SW per serving.
Serves 4 (as a starter or side)
Prep: 15 mIns
Cook: 5-8 hrs
Ingredients: 2 large duck breasts with all skin and visible fat removed, 500mls of Vegetable stock, 2 tbps Hoisin Sauce, 2 tbsp Soy Sauce, , salt & black pepper. Half a Cucumber and 4 Spring Onions for salad and 16 Rice Paper Pancakes for wrapping.
Directions: Skin the duck breast by removing the thick layer of fat on top of the breast; carefully slide a knife underneath the skin between the breast and the skin and loosen the skin from the breast. Peel back the skin and chop the sinew attaching the breast to the skin gradually as you pull it away. Once the skin has been removed take off any remaining visible fat. Chop the duck in to around 8 pieces and place in a slow cooker with the stock, sauce (hold back 1 tbsp of Hoisin for after) and season with salt and pepper. Cook on Low for 8 hours or high for 5 hours.
Chop your Cucumber and Spring onion in to thin sticks and set aside on a plate in the fridge covered to chill. Just before taking out the duck heat you Rice Paper Pancakes on a cooker in a steamer (I bought one from the Chinese Cash & Carry for a few pounds), you can buy the pancakes dry and just have a warm bowl of water on the table for your guests to dip and wrap too as the soften in around 15 seconds, but they can be sticky so don’t pre make them and stack them otherwise you end up with a load stuck together!
Once the duck is cooked pull apart the meat and place on a serving tray and drizzle with your 1 tbsp of Hoisin. Serve immediately with chilled cucumber and spring onion you can extra sauce if required (beware of the cals in too mush sauce though!)
I served them with spicy noodles and they went down a storm, who said you can’t have duck on a diet?