Duck À L’Orange

5 Apr

Am I the only person that associates Easter with Duck?  Well a few years ago I had some guests over to my home, and I cooked “Duck À L’Orange”, and it was a hit! I don’t want to babble too much, so let’s get to the point.


Duck À L’Orange

Duckling, 5-6 lb                                                  1

Salt and Pepper                                                   To taste

Duck or Chicken Stock                                    8oz

Sugar                                                                     1 Tbsp

Champagne Vinegar                                       1 Tbsp

Brandy                                                                  2 Tbsp

Orange Juice                                                      12 oz

Lemon Juice                                                       from 1 Lemon

Whole Butter                                                     1 tsp

Oranges, peeled and sectioned                 4

Orange zest, julienne                                     4 Tbsp


Prick the duck with a fork and season well with salt and pepper. Roast the duck at 400°F for 15 minutes. Reduce the heat to 350°F and cook until done, approx.  45-60 minutes. Remove the duck from the roasting pan and hold in a warm place. Degrease the roasting pan. Place the pan on the stove top and deglaze with the stock. Melt the sugar and vinegar together in a saucepan and lightly caramelize the mixture. Remove the caramelized sugar from the stovetop and add the brandy. Add the stock, pan drippings and juices to the pan of sugar and reduce until the sauce is slightly thickened, approx. 10 minutes. Monté au buerre (to finish a sauce with butter). Strain and degreaser the sauce. Blanch the orange zest in boiling water. Place the duck on a warm serving platter. Arrange the orange sections around it. Sprinkle the zest over the duck. Pour the sauce over the duck and serve additional sauce on the side.

…So now I just want to tell everyone to have a wonderful Easter. Enjoy time with your family and friends, and remember that Jesus Christ is Risen!   -Matthew 28

Mmm take a bite out of that!

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