Slow roasted duck legs & charlotte potatoes with a carrot & cumin salad

This is a cracker. The meat from the legs will just fall off and you’ve also got an amazingly crispy skin, couple that with a refreshing salad and we’re close to perfection. I’ve never understood why we don’t each much duck in this country (well outside a crispy duck pancake roll at a Chinese restaurant), the French eat quacks of the stuff. It’s cheap and wonderfully rich – please give this a go if you feel you need convincing.


  • 4 duck legs, two 430g packs (£5)
  • 450g of carrots (32p)
  • 1kg of Tesco charlotte potatoes (60p)

The cupboard staples...

Salt, black pepper, olive oil, white wine vinegar and cumin seeds.

Total cost

If you already have the cupboard staples, then according to, this trolley was cheapest at Tesco where it came to £5.92 - that's £1.48 per head!


  • Get the oven preheated first to 150C – season the duck legs well with salt and pepper and place them in a deep roasting tin (lightly covered with foil). They’ll need 1 hour and 20 minutes in the oven.
  • While the duck legs are in the oven par boil the potatoes ready for roasting (make sure you salt the water).
  • After 1 hour and 20 minutes remove the duck legs from the oven and turn it up to 200C. Drain the excess fat from the pan (there will be a bit and remember to save for future roast potatoes!) and add the potatoes into the pan leaving enough fat to give them a coating – place back in the oven for a further 30 minutes.
  • Whilst the duck legs and potatoes are crisping up you can make the salad.
  • It’s well worth giving the cumin seeds a toast first to get the flavours going. So get a frying pan on a medium heat and add four teaspoons of cumin seeds – remove them from the heat when they start to go brown. Watch they don’t start to smoke. Add the seeds to the bowl you want to make your salad in.
  • Now grate the carrots into the bowl along with a pinch of sugar, some seasoning, 3 tablespoons of olive oil and 2 tablespoons of white wine vinegar.
  • Let the legs rest for 5 minutes before serving and happy eating!


  1. Hey there, that sounds bloody lovely and i would want to try it out, but i am wondering you got your duck legs from for such a good price?!



  2. Hey Samantha, just cheap - £2.50 a pack a Tesco. I suppose duck legs aren't that popular!

    Glad you like. Let me know how it came out.


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