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#11720662 - 01/08/17 Whole Roast Duck, First Time
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I've always enjoyed roast duck in restaurants, but had never tried it at home till last night. It turned out very well. Delicious and succulent, in fact. All of it was great, but I was particularly surprised at how delicious and succulent the leg and thigh were.



The method: Poke about twenty holes in the skin over the breast. Salt the entire duck. Put it (6.75 lb duck) in the oven for three hours, breast down, at 250 degrees (no, that temp is not a typo). Then turn it breast up, and 45 more minutes at 350 degrees.

During that last phase, you can make the sauce, which is (in my case) a red wine, butter, and cherry, reduction. Just put the pitted cherries in a sauce pan, add enough wine to cover them, along with a half stick of butter, and boil on low for a half hour uncovered. Add a tablespoon of red wine vinegar and cook the same way for another ten minutes.
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#11720751 - 01/08/17 Re: Whole Roast Duck, First Time [Re: The_Real_Hawkeye]
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That duck looks delicious.

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#11720781 - 01/08/17 Re: Whole Roast Duck, First Time [Re: TNrifleman]
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Originally Posted By TNrifleman
That duck looks delicious.
It was. Had about half of it for dinner last night, and a quarter for lunch today. I figure I'll finish it off for dinner tonight. Reheats just fine, as does the sauce. I will definitely be making roast duck a regular item on my home menu from now on.

Surprisingly easy to make. Just have to do it low and slow for the first three hours, but no supervision is required during that time, so it's not particularly time consuming.
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#11721226 - 01/08/17 Re: Whole Roast Duck, First Time [Re: The_Real_Hawkeye]
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I've roasted duck a couple times and not in quite a few years. Cooked home-raised ducks.

The thigh and drumstick of fowl are almost always juicy and succulently tasty, IME. It's amazing the amount of fat that water fowl accumulate compared to terrestrial fowl.
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#11721232 - 01/08/17 Re: Whole Roast Duck, First Time [Re: The_Real_Hawkeye]
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P.S. looks good!
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#11721871 - 01/08/17 Re: Whole Roast Duck, First Time [Re: ironbender]
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Nice! I did one recently.
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#11722030 - 01/08/17 Re: Whole Roast Duck, First Time [Re: ironbender]
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Originally Posted By ironbender


It's amazing the amount of fat that water fowl accumulate compared to terrestrial fowl.




Ain't that the truth.
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#11723924 - 01/09/17 Re: Whole Roast Duck, First Time [Re: The_Real_Hawkeye]
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Better shot.

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#11723937 - 01/09/17 Re: Whole Roast Duck, First Time [Re: The_Real_Hawkeye]
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Nice job Hawk!

I tried it once and damn near burned down the house. From then on it was House of Mandarin crispy duck for me!!
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#11723962 - 01/09/17 Re: Whole Roast Duck, First Time [Re: byc]
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Every time I see anything about duck I think of something Chris Capell said to me.

Chris: Do you know why the French cook with duck fat?

Me: No, why?

Chris: Because it's foo king delicious!

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#11724008 - 01/09/17 Re: Whole Roast Duck, First Time [Re: BOWHUNR]
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I do cook what we had in his backyard. But no more whole ducks!

No sir!! eek

Wonder if that's what burned down his first house?
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#11724151 - 01/09/17 Re: Whole Roast Duck, First Time [Re: byc]
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Originally Posted By byc
Nice job Hawk!

I tried it once and damn near burnt down the house. From then on it was House of Mandarin crispy duck for me!!
LOL. Love Peking Duck, too. There's a place near me that makes it great. Uncle Hon's, or some such.
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#11724154 - 01/09/17 Re: Whole Roast Duck, First Time [Re: BOWHUNR]
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Originally Posted By BOWHUNR
Every time I see anything about duck I think of something Chris Capell said to me.

Chris: Do you know why the French cook with duck fat?

Me: No, why?

Chris: Because it's foo king delicious!

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LOL. It is that.
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#11724161 - 01/09/17 Re: Whole Roast Duck, First Time [Re: byc]
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Originally Posted By byc
I do cook what we had in his backyard. But no more whole ducks!

No sir!! eek

Wonder if that's what burned down his first house?
You have to do it low and slow for most of it. Just raise the heat to 350 degrees for the last 45 minutes or so to crisp the skin.
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#11724174 - 01/09/17 Re: Whole Roast Duck, First Time [Re: byc]
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Speaking of duck !!!

David, have you eaten here ? The duck as well as the rest of the menu is fabulous !!!!!Wish I traveled to the area more often as it's been awhile. frown frown

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#11724381 - 01/09/17 Re: Whole Roast Duck, First Time [Re: 284LUVR]
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No Sir but I'll be back up in NOVA late next week and give this one a try. Menu looks great!! Peking Duck carved table side!! Oh yeah!

Thanks for the suggestion Denny!!

David
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#11724399 - 01/09/17 Re: Whole Roast Duck, First Time [Re: byc]
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The PK is so good it really should be illegal.

Not a chance in hell of getting a bad meal there. Speaking from having eaten there many times.

Please enjoy and dine responsibly. wink grin laugh cool
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#11728054 - 01/11/17 Re: Whole Roast Duck, First Time [Re: The_Real_Hawkeye]
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I cooked one on Christmas eve. Used a orange juice and balsamic baste and then added honey to that baste the last time I basted it. Legs and thigs were succulent , breast wasnt bad but not as good as the leg and thighs. I feel I over cooked by about a half hour.
Nextvtime I think I will try lemon juice instead of orange.
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#11728736 - 01/11/17 Re: Whole Roast Duck, First Time [Re: The_Real_Hawkeye]
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Thanks Hawkeye, gonna give this one a try.
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#11728928 - 01/11/17 Re: Whole Roast Duck, First Time [Re: Wyogal]
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Wonder how similar preparations would turn out on a Canada goose...?

Gonna have to try that and maybe add some aromatics to the cavity during roasting.
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#11729578 - 01/11/17 Re: Whole Roast Duck, First Time [Re: The_Real_Hawkeye]
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Just did the same recently and basted it with balsamic vinegar. Wild duck gets brested and marinated in Italian dressing and grilled. Will do roasted duck again.
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#11732069 - 01/12/17 Re: Whole Roast Duck, First Time [Re: The_Real_Hawkeye]
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Is this a wild duck? What kind?

Looks fantastic!
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#11732198 - 01/12/17 Re: Whole Roast Duck, First Time [Re: TexasTBag]
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Originally Posted By TexasTBag
Is this a wild duck? What kind?

Looks fantastic!
Grocery store duck. It was delicious.
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#11738257 - 01/14/17 Re: Whole Roast Duck, First Time [Re: The_Real_Hawkeye]
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Did you put any liquid in or did you cover it . Tom


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