Duck and sorrel broth (green borscht)

Preparation time
less than 30 mins

Serves 6

By Olia Hercules
From Saturday Kitchen


For the broth

  • 2 duck carcasses (preferably organic)
  • 1 large onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 leeks, washed and roughly chopped
  • 2 celery sticks, roughly chopped
  • 3 carrots, 2 roughly chopped, 1 grated
  • 2 fresh bay leaves, torn
  • 2 banana shallots, finely chopped

To serve

  • 50g/1¾oz sorrel leaves, sliced
  • 1 small bunch dill, roughly chopped
  • 4 spring onions, thinly sliced
  • 6 hard-boiled quails’ eggs, sliced into halves
  • red veined or green micro sorrel (optional)


  1. To make the broth, put the duck carcasses, onion, leek, celery, roughly chopped carrots and bay leaves in a very large saucepan and pour over cold water until the carcasses are just covered. Bring to the boil, skim any scum that naturally comes to the surface and lower the temperature. Simmer gently for 2 hours or until the liquid has reduced by half and the stock is rich and fragrant.

  2. Remove the carcasses from the pan, pick off any meat and set aside discarding the bones.

  3. Strain the broth into a large bowl through a sieve discarding the vegetables. Season the broth well.

  4. Skim a tablespoon of the duck fat off the stock and place in a frying pan set over a high heat for about a minute or until the water has evaporated, leaving just the fat. Add the shallots and cook for 5 minutes or until softened. Add the grated carrots and cook over a medium heat until soft and starting to caramelise. Tip the fried vegetables into the broth and stir well.

  5. To serve, put a little of the reserved meat in the bottom of each bowl, pour over the broth and top with the remaining ingredients.