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Anatra con melagrana (duck with pomegranate) and sautéed escarole

Prep time less than 30 mins
Cook time less than 30 mins
Serves 4
From Saturday Kitchen Best Bites


  1. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6.

  2. Season the duck breast with salt and freshly ground black pepper and dust with flour, shaking off any excess.

  3. Heat the butter and olive oil in a large ovenproof frying pan until the butter begins to foam. Add the duck and fry for two minutes on each side, then transfer to the oven to roast for 5-6 minutes, or until just cooked. The duck should be rare, but cook according to your preference.

  4. Meanwhile, rub two of the whole pomegranates firmly on a work surface with the palm of your hand, then cut them in half and squeeze out the juice, as you would with a lemon, all over the cooked duck.

  5. Open up the remaining pomegranates and remove the seeds. Sprinkle the pomegranate seeds over the duck.

  6. Place the duck onto a plate and drizzle with the juices and seeds from the pan. Let the duck rest for 2-3 minutes then slice on the diagonal.

  7. For the escarole, blanch the escarole leaves for a couple of minutes in boiling salted water. Drain and set aside.

  8. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan, add the garlic and fry for one minute, or until soft, then add the escarole and gently sauté for 1-2 minutes. Reduce the heat, cover with a lid and cook for 5-6 minutes, or until the escarole is tender.

  9. To serve, place the escarole onto the plate alongside the duck and spoon any remaining pan juices over.


  • 4 skinless duck breasts
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • plain flour, for dusting
  • 40g/1½oz butter
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 pomegranates

For the escarole

  • 1 escarole, cleaned and leaves separated
  • 5 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped

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