Chinese duck and hoi sin “pizza”.

Tonight’s tea was a bit of an invention test really that worked pretty well! I got 2 duck breasts out of the freezer this morning intending to make a lovely tea tonight of duck breast with red wine sauce, dauphinoise potato but after a few too many wines last night I lost the motivation to be bothered and started craving pizza! I had to use the duck as I had defrosted it so decided to make a duck pizza using some shop bought naan breads that I had in the freezer too. This sounds like student food but the result was great!

Ingredients – for 2

2 Duck Breasts
1 large leek, half of it chopped into semi circles and a half into strips like you would get with crispy duck and pancakes.
1 large clove of garlic sliced
1 thumb sized piece of ginger grated very finely
2 tsp chinese five spice
2 Large handfuls of Kale chopped fine
Hoi sin sauce
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp honey
1 red chilli chopped finely
2 large Naan breads.
Sesame oil
olive oil

First of all take half of your ginger and rub over the duck breast and season well with salt. Then rub the Chinese five spice onto the flesh – 1 tsp per breast. Score the skin with a sharp knife to make 4 – 5 slices through the fat – but not right through to the flesh.

Make a sauce to drizzle your pizza with at the end by mixing 1 tbsp light soy sauce with 1 tsp of honey 1/4 teaspoon of the grated ginger and a pinch of the chopped red chilli.

Season your chopped kale with salt and drizzle with a bit of oil and scrunch so that all the kale has a coating of oil and then roast in the oven for around 10 – 15 minutes until it starts to go slightly crispy ( you are trying to recreate the Chinese seaweed dish).

While this is cooking place your duck breast skin side down in a COLD frying pan and turn on the heat, this way the fat has time to render down slowly and the skin will get nice and crispy. Cook for around 5 minutes checking to see the skin isn’t getting burnt then turn over and cook for another 5 minutes. You want the duck to be medium so make sure you don’t cook it for too long. When finished rest on a plate for 10 minutes then cut into fine slices.

While the meat is resting, fry in a small pan, chopped leeks, garlic, half the chopped chilli with a splash of seasme oil and season with salt. Cook gently until the leeks go soft.

Spread your naan breads with hoi sin sauce and put in the oven to warm through.

Assemble your “pizza” by spreading the leek mixture evenly across the bread, then adding the crispy kale, thin slices of your duck breast then some of the raw strips of leek. Drizzle with the soy and honey sauce and enjoy!!

If you have any spring onions scatter a few across the top.


I scoffed this whilst watching the latest episode of Masterchef!


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