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Delicious Roasted Duck with Apple Dressing

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

A simple rub and stuffing makes this an easy, delicious and festive meal to treat and impress your guests. However, remember that it takes 2 hours to bake this big bird, so I don't recommend this as your weekday quick made dinner for the family. However, if you were to invite another couple over to chill and relax on a Saturday or Sunday evening, this is the perfect recipe to show off your amazing cooking skills:).


  • 1 (about 5lb) whole duck

for the rub

  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 melted butter
for the stuffing/dressing

  • 1 medium size onion chopped
  • 2 celery stalks cut into chunks
  • 2 medium size carrots peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 medium size sweet apple cored, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 and 1/2 cup (corn) bread crumbs - optional
  • some butter for frying - optional
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (190 degrees C) .
  • In a small bowl, mix spices for the rub - salt, paprika, black pepper.
  • Get your duck ready - pat it dry if still wet from the packaging, remove any excess fat around the neck.
  • Rub your prepared mixed spices into the skin of the duck.
  • Optional - you can saute your onion, carrots and celery if you'd like before hand in a bit of butter, but it's completely up to you; I've done with and without sauteing, and I assure you both ways taste delicious. If you're sauteing, melt butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. Saute onion, carrots and celery in butter until tender.
  • Mix your onion, carrots, celery, apple and bread crumbs (if using) together. This will be your dressing or stuffing.
  • Fill the duck's cavity with the prepared dressing. I don't sew up the duck with kitchen twine, but you can if you want to.
  • Place your stuffed and rubbed duck in a roasting pan or baking dish. (I use a baking dish with parchment paper - I use parchment paper for everything!) 
  • Bake duck in preheated oven for 1 hour. Spoon 1/4 cup melted butter over bird, and continue cooking for 45 more minutes. Spoon remaining 1/4 cup melted butter over duck, and cook for 15 more minutes, or until golden brown.
Side note: I personally like to eat the dressing as well if I use breadcrumbs, but no one else does in the family, so when the duck is ready, I take out the stuffing and serve it separately.

Ingredients for the side dish - I recommend these roasted potatoes:

  • 5-6 medium size Yukon potatoes
  • 2-3 medium size yams
  • dried salad herbs (spice available in any grocery store)
  • olive oil
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Peel and cut potatoes into 1-inch cubes.
  • Place on baking sheet covered with parchment paper. 
  • Sprinkle with dried salad herbs and drizzle with olive oil.
  • Bake for about 50 minutes, or until golden brown.

Bon Appetit and Enjoy:)!

Disclaimer: This post was written by Stella V.

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