Duck with sour cherry sauce and mini gratins

Duck with sour cherry sauce and mini gratins

  • serves 2
  • A little effort

These cute individual potato, thyme and Parmesan gratins look fantastic and make a great winter dish with the pan-fried duck breasts and a Christmassy sour cherry and redcurrant sauce.



  • butter
  • floury potatoes 300g
  • double cream 150ml
  • garlic ½ clove
  • thyme 1 tsp picked leaves
  • parmesan 25g, finely grated
  • duck breasts 2
  • green beans cooked to serve
  • shallots 2, finely chopped
  • butter
  • dried sour cherries 30g
  • red wine 250ml
  • chicken stock 175ml
  • cinnamon stick ½
  • redcurrant jelly 2 tbsp


  • Step 1

    Heat the oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5. Butter 2 holes of a 4 hole yorkshire pudding tin and line with pieces of baking paper (scrunch it up a few times first so it becomes pliable enough to push in and mould to the hole).

  • Step 2

    Peel the potato then cut the ends off so when you slice it the pieces are a similar size. Slice into ½cm rounds, then boil in salted water until just tender, drain.

  • Step 3

    Heat the cream, garlic and thyme until simmering. Season well. Fill the lined pudding tin holes with potato slices, pouring in cream as you go. Sprinkle over the parmesan then bake for 30 minutes, or until bubbling and golden.

  • Step 4

    To make the sauce, fry the shallots in a knob of butter until soft. Add the rest of the ingredients (apart from the redcurrant jelly) and simmer until it reduces to a syrup. Stir in the redcurrant jelly and another knob of butter and cook until the jelly melts and looks glossy. Keep in the pan to warm up later.

  • Step 5

    Season the duck breasts and cook skin side down in an ovenproof frying pan on a medium heat for 8-10 minutes, or until the skin is crisp and golden. Turn over, and transfer to the oven for 6 minutes. Rest for 5 minutes before slicing and serving with the gratins, sour cherry sauce and the cooked green beans.

Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 1002
  • Fat 61.5g
  • Carbs 47.7g
  • Fibre 4g
  • Protein 41.4g
  • Salt 1.1g