Duck-and-egg hash

Main Dish
4 servings
15 min
30 min
Very Easy


Number of serving: 4

1) Duck :

4 fresh duck legs

1 large onion, quartered

4 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed

3 sprigs thyme, leaves only, chopped

Salt and ground white pepper to taste

2) Hash :

2 lb. Idaho potatoes, peeled and quartered

2 tablespoons olive oil

8 oz. button mushrooms, rinsed and halved

4 oz. sharp cheddar cheese, ¼" dice

2 sprigs fresh parsley, leaves only, chopped

½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 tablespoon butter

6 eggs

Salt and ground white pepper to taste


  • 1)Preheat oven to 325?F. Heat a Dutch oven or large skillet over medium-high heat. Season the duck legs on all sides with the salt and pepper and sear, skin side down, until browned. Flip the legs and sear; remove and set aside.
  • Add the onion, garlic, and thyme to the pan and cook, stirring, for 6 minutes, or until onions are soft and golden brown. Return the legs to the pan, skin side up, and add enough water to reach halfway up the legs.
  • Cover the pan and transfer to the oven. Braise for 1½ to 2 hours, turning the legs halfway through. The meat should be tender and easy to pull from the bone. Cool the legs in the cooking liquid at room temperature. Strain the liquid. Pick the meat from the duck legs, discarding bones and skin. Roughly chop meat and onion mixture; reserve.
  • 2) Place the potatoes in a medium pot with a large pinch of salt and enough water to cover them. Simmer until cooked through, about 20 minutes. Drain and refrigerate the potatoes, covered, until chilled, then cut into rough ½" cubes.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F, then heat the olive oil in a medium-size skillet over high heat. Add the mushrooms, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and sauté until they are golden brown and tender. In a large bowl, combine the mushrooms with the chopped-duck mixture, potatoes, cheddar cheese, parsley, and cayenne; adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.
  • Melt butter in a 10" cast-iron skillet or 2-quart casserole dish. Pack the hash mixture into the pan. Using a large spoon or ladle, press six holes into the hash, one in the middle and five around the perimeter.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes, until golden brown and crusty. Crack the eggs into the holes, sprinkle eggs with salt and pepper, and return to the oven. Bake for approximately 8 minutes, or until egg whites are set. Serve immediately.


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