DUCK for Christmas dinner...needs accompaniment ideas!
What would you serve with duck for a nice Christmas dinner?
I am looking for ideas bordering on traditional to appease my Scottish family (read bland, mashed potato-lovin, boiled meat, salt and pepper is as spicy as it gets).
I am thinking of doing some red cabbage and bacon, maybe some brussel sprouts....but what else??
Any recs from starter to sauce for the duck to dessert is appreciated.
Fried Sweet Potatoes
• 3 sweet potatoes
• 1 stick butter
• 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
• - granulated sugar
1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.
2. Add sweet potatoes, and boil for about 10 minutes until partially cooked but still firm.
3. Remove from water, allow to cool, peel and cut into ½ inch slices.
4. Combine butter and oil in a large black cast iron frying pan.
5. Melt butter in a over medium heat.
6. When butter starts to bubble, add sweet potatoes, and fry until edges start to turn brown, turning occasionally.
7. Sprinkle fried sweet potatoes with a slight amount of granulated sugar.
8. Serve hot.
This recipe is absolutely fantastic, and is meant to accompany duck: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...
It is for a dried cherry and shallot confit - if your family might be wary of something like that, you could spin it as a dolled-up cousin to cranberry sauce.
As for dessert, Linzer cookies might be a great touch. They are a variation of shortbread, so they've got familiarity going for them, and are also extremely, addictively yummy.
I'd second the parsnips. as a sauce/side, try to stew halved dried calmyrna figs in ruby port for about 20-30 minutes over low heat witha couple of cloves and a couple of allspice berries.let stand for an hour or 2 or overnight in fridge.warm before serving