Duck Parmentier With Comte Cheese

"Duck Parmentier is a French classic, the classy version of 'Hachis Parmentier' (Shepherd's pie). The original recipe doesn't use Comté cheese, you can replace it by parmesan cheese or simply skip the cheese part. Original recipe here:"
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  • Peel potatoes and cut them into 2 or 4 pieces depending on their size (bigger pieces will need more time to be done).
  • Boil potatoes into salted water for 30 minutes (they’ll be easier to mash if overcooked). Drain water and let them chill.
  • Meanwhile, take duck legs off their fat and separate meat from bones and skin.
  • Rinse and dry parsley. Chop it.
  • Heat a pan over medium-low heat, fry duck meat with a little bit of duck fat from the can. Add parsley and leave for 10 minutes stirring often.
  • Mash potatoes (you can use a a food mill or potato ricer, if you don’t have any use a potato masher or heavy fork.) Pour mashed potatoes into a pan heated over low heat. Add butter, cream, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Stir well.
  • You can use either an ovenproof dish or individual round pastry cutters. Whatever you're using grease it with a little bit of butter and add a layer of duck topped with a layer of mashed potatoes.
  • Grate Comté cheese and sprinkle on top of duck parmentier.
  • Heat oven on grill position and bake for 10 minutes or until cheese has a golden color.
  • Serve right away with a salad. (If you used individual round pastry cutters, separate melted cheese with a knife and carefully take cutter out.).

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