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Roast Duck With Port-Garlic Sauce


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  • 1 duck - (abt 5 lbs), fresh or frozen, thawed, neck, heart and gizzard reserved
  • 1 medium onion quartered
  • 1 carrot coarsely chopped
  • 1 celery stalk coarsely chopped
  • 4 1/2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons butter - (1/4 stick)
  • 6 large garlic cloves sliced
  • 1 cup ruby Port
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • Salt to taste
  • Freshly-ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 3 large garlic cloves pressed
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme


Servings 4


Step 1

Make Sauce: Cut off duck wing tips at joint. Combine neck, heart, gizzard and wing tips in large saucepan. Add onion, carrot and celery to pan. Add 4 1/2 cups water and bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer 1 hour. Strain stock into medium saucepan. Boil stock until reduced to 1 cup, about 15 minutes.

Melt 1 tablespoon butter in heavy large skillet over medium heat. Add sliced garlic and sauté until golden, about 2 minutes. Add Port and boil 5 minutes. Add reduced duck stock and boil until reduced to 1 cup, about 8 minutes. Mix remaining 1 tablespoon butter and flour in small bowl. Whisk into sauce and simmer until thickened, about 1 minute. Season sauce with salt and pepper. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate. Rewarm before serving.)

Make Duck: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Trim excess fat from cavity of duck. Using fork, pierce duck skin in several places. Place duck, breast-side up, on rack in large roasting pan. Brush soy sauce over duck. Mix mustard and pressed garlic in small bowl. Brush mustard mixture over duck. Mix salt, pepper and thyme in another small bowl. Sprinkle spice-herb mixture over duck and in cavity.

Roast duck 45 minutes. Turn duck and roast, breast-side down, 30 minutes. Turn duck and roast, breast-side up, until duck is deep golden brown and cooked through, about 15 minutes longer. Transfer duck to platter. Serve with sauce.

This recipe yields 4 servings.

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