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Recipe of the Week: Duck a l'Orange


  • 1 tablespoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

  • 1 duck (5- to 6-lb Long Island, also called Pekin)

  • 1 Orange (juice, halved)

  • 4 thyme sprigs (fresh)

  • 4 fresh marjoram (sprigs)

  • 2 parsley sprigs (fresh flat-leaf)

  • 1 small onion (cut into 8 wedges)

  • 1/2 cup dry white wine (Valdivieso Sauvigon Blanc or Jackaroo Sauvignon Blanc)

  • 1/2 cup duck stock (duck and veal stock*, chicken stock, or reduced-sodium chicken broth)

  • 1/2 carrot

  • 1/2 celery rib

  • 1/3 cup sugar

  • 1/3 cup fresh orange juice (from 1 to 2 oranges)

  • 2 tablespoons wine vinegar 

  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

  • 4 tablespoons duck stock (or reduced-sodium chicken broth)

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter (softened)

  • 1 tablespoon flour (all-purpose)

  • 1 tablespoon orange zest (fine julienne of fresh, removed with a vegetable peeler)


Roast duck:

Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 475°F.

Stir together salt, coriander, cumin, and pepper. Pat duck dry and sprinkle inside and out with spice mixture. Cut 1 half of orange into quarters and put in duck cavity with thyme, marjoram, parsley, and 4 onion wedges.

Squeeze juice from remaining half of orange and stir together with wine and stock. Set aside.

Spread remaining 4 onion wedges in roasting pan with carrot and celery, then place duck on top of vegetables and roast 30 minutes.

Pour wine mixture into roasting pan and reduce oven temperature to 350°F. Continue to roast duck until thermometer inserted into a thigh (close to but not touching bone) registers 170°F, 1 to 1 1/4 hours more. Turn on broiler and broil duck 3 to 4 inches from heat until top is golden brown, about 3 minutes.

Tilt duck to drain juices from cavity into pan and transfer duck to a cutting board, reserving juices in pan. Let duck stand 15 minutes.

Make sauce:

While duck roasts, cook sugar in a dry 1-quart heavy saucepan over moderate heat, undisturbed, until it begins to melt. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally with a fork, until sugar melts into a deep golden caramel. Add orange juice, vinegar, and salt (use caution; mixture will bubble and steam vigorously) and simmer over low heat, stirring occasionally, until caramel is dissolved. Remove syrup from heat.

Discard vegetables from roasting pan and pour pan juices through a fine-mesh sieve into a 1-quart glass measure or bowl, then skim off and discard fat. Add enough stock to pan juices to total 1 cup liquid.

Stir together butter and flour to form a beurre manié. Bring pan juices to a simmer in a 1- to 2-quart heavy saucepan, then add beurre manié, whisking constantly to prevent lumps. Add orange syrup and zest and simmer, whisking occasionally, until sauce is thickened slightly and zest is tender, about 5 minutes. Serve with duck.

Wines, meat and spices available at Park Street Gourmet Colombo and Negombo or order online through the Zipsip app available on anroid and iOS.

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