DUCK RAGU "Italian Sunday Sauce"
By Simooker on the 15th July 2015
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A Ragu is a meat sauce which is served with pasta. In Italy it is mostly served with Tagliatelle or Pappardelle. In Italian-American cuisine it can be served with any pasta. I like to serve it with Linguine.
A Ragu is often called a Sunday Sauce, due to its popularity for being served on Sundays in Italian, and Italian-American homes. It is typically served with a variety of meats, such as meat balls, sausage, beef chuck etc.
However it can be served with lamb, mutton, goose, and duck. Serving this with duck on its own, has become very popular in some establishments in the United States. This dish is also popular among some celebrities.
I love Duck, and when I was craving this dish only Duck was going to do.
It's hard to describe how incredibly delicious this dish is. The sauce makes it, then again what is Italian food without sauce?
The sauce is cooked down with the meat for at least an hour and a half, to be honest-2 or 3 hours. And over this time, the sauce becomes richer, thicker, and more flavourful. It is served over the pasta, and the flavours just burst in your mouth. It's a superb dish.
DUCK RAGU THE RECIPE
1 whole duck, 5 cups of water (approximate), 7 tbs of cooking oil, 2 or 3 cans of tomatoes, 3 tbs of tomato paste, 1 bunch of fresh basil, 1 or 2 packs of Linguine, 1 chicken stock cube, 1 whole garlic bulb sliced down middle, 1 whole onion peeled, In addition 3 tbs of garlic paste or garlic butter oil, another whole peeled and diced onion, salt and pepper to taste,
1 tbs of light soy sauce, 3 tbs of red wine
1. If there is anything in the cavity take them out. Cut the duck up with scissors. I will admit this is not easy. Watch videos. I take off the front legs and wings first. Then I cut down the middle of the body. Then cut the breast into slices.
2. Once the duck is cut up, wash it with medium temperature water and lemon juice. Then sprinkle a teaspoon of salt over the duck and sprinkle soy sauce. Rub these ingredients in and set aside.
3. Heat up some oil into a wide large pot. Sear the duck so it browns on each side. Do this for approximately seven minutes.
4. After the duck is browned, remove from pan. And add the chopped onion, and garlic paste. From here we will start building the sauce. Saute the onion and garlic on medium for about four minutes, or until they become aromatic or cooked. Then place the meat back into the pot.