BBQ duck on corn cakes

  • For the corn cakes
  • 75g plain flour
  • 55g stone-ground polenta
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp fine salt
  • 1 ear corn, shucked
  • 120ml milk
  • 30g plus 10g unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 large egg, separated
  • 2 to 3 duck confit legs, skinned and meat shredded (recommended: D'Artagnan)
  • About 240ml KC style barbecue sauce, recipe follows
  • For the KC style barbeque sauce
  • 2 tablespoons neutral tasting oil, such as grapeseed or vegetable
  • 6 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 2 tablespoons tomato puree
  • 1 slightly heaping tablespoon chilli powder
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • Pinch ground cloves
  • 475g tomato ketchup
  • 475ml water
  • 120ml cider vinegar
  • 60ml treacle
  • 45g soft dark brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp English-style dry mustard
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 bay leaf

Serves: 30 hors d'ouevres

For the Duck and corn cakes:

1) Preheat the oven to 120 degrees C/Gas 1. Set a rack on a sheet pan in the oven.

2) Whisk the flour, polenta, baking powder, sugar, paprika and salt together in a medium bowl. Set aside.

3) Shear the corn kernels from the cob with a knife. Working over a bowl, run a knife along the cob to press out the milky liquid. Puree half the corn with the milk in a small food processor. Add the 30g butter and the egg yolk and pulse until evenly combined. Whisk the wet ingredients into the dry.

4) Whip the egg white in a medium bowl until it almost holds a medium-stiff peak. Lightly fold the egg white into the batter.

5) Heat a griddle or well-seasoned cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Add 5g of the remaining butter. Drop heaping tablespoons of the batter into the pan and cook until golden brown on the bottom and little bubbles break the surface of each cake, about 2 to 3 minutes. Flip and cook the corn cakes on the other side until lightly brown. Serve immediately or transfer to the oven to keep warm. Repeat with the remaining batter.

6) To assemble the duck and corn cakes, toss the duck confit in the barbecue sauce to coat. Top each corn cake with about 1 tbsp barbecued duck confit. Serve.

For the KC style barbecue sauce:

1) Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the garlic, tomato puree, chili powder, paprika, red pepper flakes, allspice, and cloves, and cook, stirring, until paste is dark brick red, about 3 minutes.

2) Add the tomato ketchup, water, vinegar, treacle, sugar, salt, soy sauce, Worcestershire, mustard, black pepper, and bay leaf. Adjust the heat to maintain a gentle simmer and cook until the flavours come together, about 30 minutes.

3) Remove from the heat and discard the garlic and bay leaf. Cool if not using immediately. Reheat before using.

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