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Smoked Duck Stew With Smoked Duck Dumplings

  • Yield: 4 main-course servings


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 6 tablespoons finely chopped onions
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped carrots
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped parsnips
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped turnips
  • 12 ounces (2 cups) finely chopped smoked duck meat
  • 2 tablespoons peeled, seeded, and chopped Italian plum tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 3 cups Duck Stock or Brown Chicken Stock
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 5 turns freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup beer
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder


  • Heat the oil in a large pot over high heat. Add 4 tablespoons of the onions, the celery, carrots, parsnips, and turnips and sautÈ for 2 minutes. Add 1 1/2 cups of the duck meat, the tomatoes, basil, and 1 tablespoon of the garlic. Stir in the stock, water, 1 teaspoon of the salt, and 3 turns of the pepper and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes. Makes 4 1/2 cups.
  • While the stew is simmering, combine the egg, beer, the remaining 1 teaspoon garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 2 turns pepper, 2 tablespoons onions, the 1/2 cup duck meat with the flour and baking powder in a bowl and whisk together.
  • Turn the heat up to high under the stew. When itís bubbling, place spoonfuls of dumpling batter on top of the stew, cover, cook for 2 minutes. Reduce the heat, simmer for 1 minute or until the dumplings are cooked through, and remove from the heat. Makes about 16 dumplings.
  • To serve, ladle 1 generous cup of the stew into each of 4 shallow bowls and top with about 4 dumplings.
  • Note: Smoked duck meat can be purchased at specialty food stores and some meat counters.