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Savoring the Duck Delight: The Three Most Popular Duck Recipes

By Alan2 Davison
Wednesday, September 20th 2023

Duck dishes have been a staple in many culinary traditions, renowned for their rich flavors and succulent textures. From the traditional French cuisines to the vibrant Asian culinary scenes, duck has found a prominent place on tables around the world. In this article, we are going to explore three of the most popular duck recipes that have enchanted food enthusiasts globally - Duck à l'Orange, Peking Duck, and Duck Curry. These recipes bring out the intrinsic flavors of duck meat, providing an exceptional dining experience.

Recipe 1: Duck à l'Orange

A classic French dish, Duck à l'Orange combines the richness of duck with the tangy and sweet flavors of orange. This perfect marriage of flavors results in a dish that is both refined and delicious.

Ingredients:

  • 4 duck breasts, skin scored
  • 2 oranges
  • 1 cup chicken or duck stock
  • 3 tablespoons orange liqueur
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Marinating the Duck: Season the duck breasts with salt and pepper. Let them marinate for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Preparing the Sauce: Zest and juice the oranges. In a saucepan, combine the orange juice, zest, stock, orange liqueur, and honey. Simmer until the sauce reduces to a syrupy consistency.
  3. Cooking the Duck: Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). On the stove, heat an oven-safe pan over medium-high heat. Place the duck breasts skin-side down and cook until the skin is golden and crisp. Flip and cook the other side for a minute.
  4. Finishing in the Oven: Transfer the pan to the preheated oven and roast the duck for about 5-7 minutes for medium-rare.
  5. Serving: Let the duck rest for a few minutes before slicing. Serve drizzled with the orange sauce.

Recipe 2: Peking Duck

Peking Duck, a famous Chinese dish, is celebrated for its crispy skin and succulent meat, served traditionally with pancakes and a side of condiments.

Ingredients:

  • 1 whole duck, cleaned and plucked
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • ½ cup Chinese rice wine
  • ¼ cup hoisin sauce
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 10 Chinese pancakes
  • Fresh cucumber and spring onions, sliced
  • Plum sauce

Instructions:

  1. Marinating the Duck: In a bowl, combine soy sauce, Chinese rice wine, hoisin sauce, and honey. Marinate the duck in this mixture for at least 2 hours, preferably overnight.
  2. Preparing the Duck: Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C). Place the duck on a rack in a roasting pan and roast for about 15 minutes to crisp the skin. Reduce the temperature to 350°F (175°C) and continue roasting for 1-1.5 hours until fully cooked and crispy.
  3. Preparing the Accompaniments: While the duck is roasting, prepare the pancakes according to the package instructions.
  4. Serving: Carve the duck and serve with warm pancakes, plum sauce, and sliced cucumber and spring onions.

Recipe 3: Duck Curry

This rich and spicy curry, popular in various forms in Thai and Indian cuisines, highlights the duck in a robust and flavorful gravy.

Ingredients:

  • 4 duck legs, skin removed
  • 2 cans of coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons red curry paste (or adjust according to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon tamarind paste
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • Salt to taste

Instructions:

  1. Preparing the Duck: Season the duck legs with salt and set aside.
  2. Making the Curry: In a large pot, heat a bit of oil and add the curry paste. Stir for a minute until fragrant. Add the coconut milk, fish sauce, tamarind paste, and sugar. Bring to a simmer.
  3. Adding the Duck: Add the duck legs to the curry and simmer for about 30-40 minutes until the duck is tender.
  4. Final Touches: Add the bell pepper and simmer for another 10 minutes. Stir in fresh basil leaves just before serving.
  5. Serving: Serve the curry over a bed of steamed rice.

With these recipes at your disposal, you're all set to host a duck feast that resonates with global flavors and traditions. Each recipe is a testimony to the versatility of duck meat, promising an experience that is both delightful and unforgettable.

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