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Forest Duck Stew

  • Preparation : 30 minutes
  • Cooking : 125 minutes
  • Portions : 4


  • 1 Brome Lake Ducks whole duck, about 2.5 kg (5 lb)
  • 250 ml (1 cup) dried wild mushrooms of your choice (morels, chanterelles, etc.)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 15 ml (1 tbsp) Brome Lake Ducks duck fat, melted
  • 125 ml (1/2 cup ) dry shallots (French), chopped
  • 2 carrots, cut into cubes
  • 1 stalk celery, diced
  • 15 ml (1 tbsp) chopped garlic
  • 45 ml (3 tbsp) all-purpose flour
  • 250 ml (1 cup) red wine
  • 625 ml (2 1/2 cups) veal stock
  • 500 ml (2 cups) butternut squash, cut into cubes
  • 5 ml (1 tsp) chopped fresh thyme
  • 5 mL (1 tsp) chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 125 ml (1/2 cup ) pearl barley
  • 60 ml (1/4 cup) chopped fresh parsley


  1. Preparation time: 30 minutes
    Soaking time: 30 minutes
    Cooking time: 2 hours 5 minutes
    Servings: 4

  2. Preheat the oven to 163 °C (325 °F).

  3. Place the dried mushrooms in a bowl and cover with warm water. Leave to soak for 30 minutes. Drain, then pat dry with paper towel.

  4. Meanwhile, lay the duck flat on a cutting board, back side up. Remove the wishbone by scraping the bone near the breasts, then pull with your fingers to remove it. Cut the skin on the inside of the thighs, then dislocate the thighs at the joint. Cut at the joint to loosen the thighs. Cut the wings off at the shoulder joint. Cut along the base of each breast following the spine and rib cage to remove the breasts.

  5. Season the duck with salt and pepper.

  6. In a large saucepan, heat the duck fat over medium heat. Brown the duck breasts, thighs, and wings in batches for 4 to 5 minutes, turning the duck pieces a few times during cooking. Set aside on a plate.

  7. In the same saucepan, sauté the mushrooms, stirring occasionally, 5 to 7 minutes, until the water has evaporated. Set aside on a plate.

  8. In the same saucepan, cook the shallots, carrots, celery and garlic for 2 to 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

  9. Sprinkle with flour and continue cooking for 1 minute, stirring.

  10. Add the red wine and simmer until half of the liquid has evaporated.

  11. Add the veal stock, butternut squash, thyme, rosemary, bay leaf, barley, duck pieces and mushrooms. Bring to a boil, then cover and bake for 1 hour 45 minutes to 2 hours 15 minutes.

  12. When ready to serve, add the parsley.

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