Crispy duck leg spring rolls, tomatillo salsa

Serves: 20
Course: Snack
Cooking Time: 15 mins
Prep Time: 30 mins
  • 5 confit duck legs
  • 2 bunches of spring onions, sliced lengthways
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and sliced thin
  • 1 tin of beansprouts, drained
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp plum sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 packet spring roll pastry (from Asian stores)
  • 3 tbsp veg oil
  • 1 egg, whisked lightly
  • 3 shallots, diced
  • 6 tomatillos, deseeded
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 100ml olive oil
  • 4 jalapeños
  • 2 bunches coriander, chopped
  • 2 bunches parsley, chopped
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar

1. In a bowl, pick the duck leg meat off the bone and then mix with the spring onions, carrots, beansprouts, sesame oil, soy sauce, plum sauce, sesame seeds and salt and pepper. Set mixture aside.

2. On a chopping board, lay out a sheet of spring roll pastry and spoon a tablespoon of the duck mix into the centre. Lightly brush the edges of the pastry with egg and fold the sides of the pastry in and roll the pastry, to encase the filling so that it doesn’t spill out when cooking. Repeat until all the mix is used up.

3. In a pan, heat the veg oil until hot and add the spring rolls (in batches), and fry on both sides until golden brown. Transfer to an oven dish and bake for 25 minutes at 190 degrees.

4. For the salsa: Put the shallots, tomatillos, garlic, olive oil and jalapeños into a pot and cook for 10 minutes on a low heat.

5. Transfer to a blender and mix with the remaining ingredients, seasoning as desired. Serve on top of the spring rolls.

Gráinne O'Keefe

Gráinne O'Keefe

Gráinne O’Keefe is a chef, restaurateur and contributor to The Irish Times. She is chef-patron of the Dublin restaurant Mae