When you're in the mood for something rich and flavorful, try this wild duck rubbed with light seasoning and stuffed with apples, celery and onion.

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Rinse duck and pat dry; rub with salt, pepper, and poultry seasoning.

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  • Melt butter in a small skillet over medium heat. Saute onion and celery in butter until tender. In a medium bowl, combine with apple and cornbread crumbs. Mix together to make dressing (if necessary, add a little water to moisten).

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  • Fill the duck's cavity with dressing, and sew shut with kitchen twine. Rub outside of bird lightly with olive oil, and place in a shallow roasting pan or 9x13 inch baking dish.

  • Bake in preheated oven for 60 to 80 minutes, or until internal temperature reaches 180 degrees F (80 degrees C.)

Nutrition Facts

477.3 calories; 30.3 g protein; 38.6 g carbohydrates; 123.1 mg cholesterol; 1068.9 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
10/21/2004
My duck was 4.3 lbs. and barely had enough meat for 2 adults and 2 small kids. There were no leftovers which my husband usually takes to lunch for the next day. The apple stuffing was fantastic. I didn't peel the apples and the skins weren't even noticeable when the stuffing was cooked. I also added some poultry seasoning and celery leaves chopped to the stuffing before cooking. The leaves added more celery flavor and looks pretty too. I too had extra stuffing after stuffing the duck so I put the extra in a baking dish and dotted with butter and baked for 30 min. at 350. Before I took the stuffing out of the oven I left the stuffing on the middle rack of the oven and turned the broiler on to give the stuffing some crunchy bits. Careful not to burn. Great recipe. Thanks. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
04/04/2008
Eh I wasn't overly impressed with this. The stuffing was pretty tasty but I thought the duck itself needed more flavor to cover up the game taste a bit - yes I know duck by definition should taste game-y but a nice sauce or more seasoning to the flesh itself could have worked with it and improved on it. I think my next foray into duck I will try to do the classic duck a la orange or maybe the version of Peking Duck that is on the website. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 26
  • 4 star values: 13
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
10/21/2004
My duck was 4.3 lbs. and barely had enough meat for 2 adults and 2 small kids. There were no leftovers which my husband usually takes to lunch for the next day. The apple stuffing was fantastic. I didn't peel the apples and the skins weren't even noticeable when the stuffing was cooked. I also added some poultry seasoning and celery leaves chopped to the stuffing before cooking. The leaves added more celery flavor and looks pretty too. I too had extra stuffing after stuffing the duck so I put the extra in a baking dish and dotted with butter and baked for 30 min. at 350. Before I took the stuffing out of the oven I left the stuffing on the middle rack of the oven and turned the broiler on to give the stuffing some crunchy bits. Careful not to burn. Great recipe. Thanks. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/24/2003
I was looking for something than turkey for christmas and came upon the idea of duck. The duck turned out as excellent as the dressing which had pecans pieces added and a tad less apples that called for. To round out the meal we fixed baked sweet potatoes with ginger and honey and fried okra (both also found on allrecipes.com). Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/24/2003
I tried this recipe for Christmas dinner. The duck came out beautiful. This was my first duck. I will use this recipe again. The stuffing was also ease to fix & enjoyed by all. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/15/2005
I am a fan of duck in general but I used this recipe for Christmas dinner this year and was quite pleased. It turned out fabulous. Both my husband and myself plus my 4 guests especially enjoyed the stuffing. I served this duck with a goose too so that we would have enough meat for 6 adults. Simple but tasty! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
04/04/2008
Eh I wasn't overly impressed with this. The stuffing was pretty tasty but I thought the duck itself needed more flavor to cover up the game taste a bit - yes I know duck by definition should taste game-y but a nice sauce or more seasoning to the flesh itself could have worked with it and improved on it. I think my next foray into duck I will try to do the classic duck a la orange or maybe the version of Peking Duck that is on the website. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/28/2010
This was the first time I ever made duck at the request of my husband for Christmas dinner. I bought a 5 pound duck and followed the recipe exactly. There will definitely be extra dressing that won't fit in the bird that you can bake up extra on the side. My duck took almost 2 hours to bake and was perfectly juicy! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/07/2004
The duck turned out great. My daughter who usually tries to avoid eating meat tore into the duck. The dressing was good but I had a 5.3 duck and I was unable to fit all of the dressing into the duck. So after I finished cooking the duck and then mixed the dressing from the duck and the leftovers into a casserol dish. Bake at 350 for 30 uncovered. For every pound cook the duck at 350 for 30 minutes. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/28/2009
This recipe is absurdly good. I did this for my first Christmas party and everyone asked for the recipe. Even picky eaters loved this. Be prepared that it will make a lot of drippings so if you want you can also make some gravy to go with everything though it's definitely tender enough to not need any! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/06/2005
I agree with the other reviewers that a duck that size cannot feed four hungry adults. This was for just three people and there wasn't much to go around. Also a lot of cooks say duck legs and breasts deserve different treatment and I concur. This was my first duck and I loved how the breast meat came out but not the legs so much. The stuffing is terrific and I followed the recipe faithfully using a homemade corn bread recipe from a cajun cookbook and mositened with some homemade chicken stock on hand. If I do this again I may just go with breasts alone and cook the dressing separately. Read More
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