Sunday, October 14, 2012
STUFFED DUCK AND POTATOES
Stuffed duck has been a traditional recipe since the ancient Egyptians. At least that is what most of Egyptian housewives believe.
* one large duck
* crushed wheat or rice
* salt and pepper
* Tomato paste
* one dozen small potatoes
Crushed rice wheat is washed in water and left to soak for a while. The duck is stuffed with the crushed rice wheat from behind. It is then plugged with a large onion and sewed tightly with a clean thread and needle. The sewing is very important, as it will not allow the rice/crushed wheat to escape from inside the duck.
The stuffed duck is boiled in water until it is tender. It is preferred to add a lot of herbs to the stew as this gives a special taste to the duck. You can be creative with herbs but avoid spicy ones. Add cumin, onions, some salt and pepper.
The stuffed duck is then placed on a pan and lemon juice is squeeze on it. Then tomato paste is spread on its back. The duck is placed in the oven on medium temperature. When the back is red the duck is taken out of the oven and left to cool for a minute. The stuffed crushed rice wheat can either be left inside of the duck or it can be taken out and placed around the duck in a serving plate.
As a side dish you can prepare stuffed potatoes. Pick a dozen or more small potatoes (about the size of a golf ball each). The potatoes are peeled and hollowed out. They are then fried. Minced meat is cooked on a frying pan. The potatoes are stuffed with the cooked minced meat and placed in a deep pan. Tomato paste is then brushed on the surface and the pan of potatoes is placed in the oven for ten minutes.
For salad you can prepare Egyptian green salad. Cut tomatoes, cucumbers, rocket, radish into medium pieces. Slice half an onion and add it to the salad. For seasoning, pour one tablespoon of vinegar and one tablespoon of olive oil in a cup and squeeze on it half of a small lemon. Add salt and pepper. Stir the seasoning and pour it on the salad. Toss the salad then spray it with cumin. Bon appetite or as Egyptians say, “Bel hana wesh shefa” (eat and be happy with good health).