Roast duck is a very rich meat that can be a little messy in the oven – as it has a high fat content, it tends to spit, leaving you with a little extra clean-up. But if you’re entertaining, your guests will really appreciate the effort. Roast duck is wonderful served with the red cabbage and apple, gratin potatoes and bread sauce. And don’t discard the fat from the roasting tray! It’s fantastic for roasting potatoes and root vegetables.
– 1 x 2 kg whole duck
– 1 orange, cut in half
– 1 lemon, cut in half
– 2 sprigs of thyme
For the stuffing
– 100 g butter
– 80 g onion, chopped
– 40 g fresh cranberries
– 1 tsp chopped fresh sage
– 100 g gluten-free breadcrumbs
– Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1. Preheat the oven to 220°C.
2. Melt the butter in a medium-sized pot over a low heat. Add the chopped onion and cook slowly for 5 minutes. Add the cranberries and sage and cook for a further 3 minutes, then add the breadcrumbs and mix well. Taste and season accordingly.
3. Place the duck on a wire rack set on a baking tray. Fill the neck of the duck with the stuffing, then place the orange, lemon and sprigs of thyme into the cavity of the duck.
4. Using butcher string, tie the legs together and around the parson’s nose. This helps the duck to roast more evenly, as the legs won’t cook as quickly this way.
5. Roast for 40 minutes, then reduce the heat to 190°C for a further 1 hour 20 minutes, basting occasionally with the fat in the tray.
5. When cooked, the skin should be quite crisp from the basting and the meat should be cooked all the way through.
6. You can check this by piercing the thickest part of the thigh with a knife or skewer – the juices should run clear.
7. To serve, it can be carved just like a roast chicken with the cranberry stuffing alongside.
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