- Trixie Nov 10, 2005 04:57 PM
Going to break with traditional turkey this year and serve duck. Does anyone have a stuffing recipe? Thanks so much!
Going to break with traditional turkey this Thanksgiving and serve duck. Does anyone have a stuffing recipe?
No recipe, but in looking for good duck recipes I remember reading advice against putting the stuffing in the bird, as ducks have so much fat and the stuffing will just soak it up, so it's better to bake it in a separate pan.
Make dressing on the side, actually you can do that a day or so ahead and bake off later. Duck are better roasted with an onion and celery and carrots inside to flavor the pan juices, maybe a qurtered apple too. Another good thing to do, is something my mother used to do was in the last few minutes of roasting , baste the duck with melted apple jelly. It helps to crisp the skin because of the sugar caramelizing and adds a good appley sweetness to the crisp skin.
Let me tell you that the Thanksgiving she decided to not make the crisp duck with apple glaze and make a duck that was roasted, cut up and served with mock truffle sauce...black olives chopped and put into a gravy which negated the crispy skin, she had 4 children in mutiny at the Thanksgiving table. My father was in Labrador at the time and she also required that we all write him Thanksgiving letters. One brother then piped up and asked "when is it due"? Not a happy turkey day in that house.
I agree that you should not stuff the duck with stuffing, too oil results.
But I would stuff the duck with spices and/or fruits (oranges, lemon or a peeled mango). This will improve the favor of the duck and you will discard the spices and fruit.