How to make Duck with Pears aromatized with Anise.
Ingredients for 3 to 4 servings:
1 young female duck
6 pears blanquilla type
4 ripe tomatoes
a thyme branch
1 bay leaf
1 flour table spoon
2 anise seeds teaspoons
half a glass of white dry wine
salt and black ground pepper
Ask the poultry shop to clean the duck for you and cut in handy pieces (8 to 10).
In a big pan add enough oil to roast/fry the duck. Sprinkle the duck with salt and black ground pepper and place in the pan, once it goldens up reserve aside.
Clean and cut in small dices the carrot, leek, onion and tomatoes. Leave some of the oil in the pan and reserve the rest. Pour the veggies in the pan except the tomatoes. Soften them at low heat and add the thyme and bay too. Then pour the tomatoes and when they loose their water, add the wine.
Reduce the sauce, add the flour, mix it well and pour 1 and a half liters of mineral water.
When it boils again, add the duck and one teaspoon of anise seeds and let it simmer until it’s tender.
Meanwhile place the pears in a pot full of water and the other anise seeds teaspoon and bring to boil. Let it cook for 15 minutes.
When the duck is done, add the pears and cook for another 5 minutes.
You can blend the sauce if you want or leave the veggies in pieces.