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Adams Family Duck

Rated as 4.44 out of 5 Stars

"This is a special treat I prepare for my family. The fruity stuffing makes the duck doubly delicious, and the preparation is fairly lean for such a normally fatty meat. Pretty sophisticated stuff, but not expensive to prepare. We truly enjoy it and hope you will, too :) I recommend serving this with the following: wild rice with mushrooms and walnuts for starch, a slice or two of whole-grain (preferably homemade) wheat bread, rutabaga, sauteed whole green beans and a spinach or beet salad. "
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3 h servings 747
Original recipe yields 4 servings (1 roasted duck)


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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Rinse the duck, remove any pieces of excess fat from around the cavity, and prick the duck's skin all over with a fork or sharp skewer, being careful not to puncture the meat.
  2. Rub the skin of the duck and inside the duck cavity with 1 tablespoon of orange juice concentrate. Rub 1 teaspoon of minced garlic inside and outside the duck, and sprinkle the duck, inside and outside, with salt and pepper.
  3. Mix together about 2 tablespoons of chopped onion, the raisins, and apple in a bowl, and lightly stuff the cavity of the duck with the raisin mixture. Truss the duck, and place it onto a rack set in a roasting pan. Scatter the remaining chopped onion and slices of large carrot in the roasting pan around the duck.
  4. To make basting mixture, whisk together remaining orange juice concentrate, 1/2 cup of chicken broth, 1/4 cup lemon juice, and salt and pepper in a bowl.
  5. Roast the duck in the preheated oven for 1 hour, basting occasionally with the basting mixture. After 1 hour, pour off the rendered fat, and roast, basting occasionally, until no longer pink at the bone and the juices run clear, about 1 more hour. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh should read 165 degrees F ( 74 degrees C). Reserve any left-over basting mixture.
  6. While the duck is roasting, prepare duck stock. Heat olive oil in a saucepan, and brown the reserved neck and giblets over medium heat. Stir in 1 onion, 2 garlic cloves, and 1 carrot, and cook and stir until the onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in 1 cup chicken broth, 1/2 cup lemon juice, orange juice, parsley, and salt and pepper, bring to a boil, and cover. Reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour; strain the stock and set aside.
  7. Remove the duck from the oven and place on a warm platter. Arrange cooked vegetables around the duck, if desired. Remove stuffing to a serving bowl. Let the duck rest about 15 minutes before carving.
  8. While the duck is resting, finish the sauce. Skim fat out of the roasting pan, and pour reserved basting mixture into the pan, stirring and scraping to dissolve the brown bits of flavor from the bottom of the pan. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat, and stir in the reserved duck stock. Bring back to a boil, and cook the sauce down by about half, stirring constantly to prevent burning, about 10 minutes. Whisk in sour cream to make a smooth, glossy sauce. Pour the sauce over the carved duck to serve.


  • Cook's Notes
  • You can substitute cranberry juice for lemon juice.
  • Sometimes, one's duck has quite a bit of room inside, so just a cup of raisins and some onion leaves an awful lot of room. Try adding these to your raisin-onion stuffing: 1 can drained mandarin oranges, 1/2 cup (more or less) walnuts or pecans, a couple of cooking apples... just try and keep the stuffing ingredients in the fruit-and-nut category for best taste.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 747 calories; 26.7 74.1 55.8 220 252 Full nutrition

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Duck was good. Recipe was complex. I used cranberries instead of raisens. The only thing I would change is the carrots. They where hard. I believe mushrooms would of cooked better. I added fres...

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I added marmalade to the stock and thickened the sauce with a little cornstarch.

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Duck was good. Recipe was complex. I used cranberries instead of raisens. The only thing I would change is the carrots. They where hard. I believe mushrooms would of cooked better. I added fres...

This duck was AMAZING! Of course, starting with good products helps, but this recipe resulted in a juicy, well-prepared duck and a wonderful sauce/gravy! I would definitely recommend the recipe!

Awesome awesome awesome!!

I made this duck for Christmas and everyone loved it. I made two ducks, and I doubled the stuffing mixture, plus I added about 1/2 cup of fresh cranberries. I read the reviews, but I decided t...

I used Mary's organic duck. I splashed some dry sherry inside and let it sit for 30 min while prepairing the rest. Used more apples and no carrots, following an advise of previous user. Didnit u...

We had never roasted duck before. For a Christmas dinner for six, we roasted two six-pound ducks following this recipe with only a few changes. Our ducks were already heavily browned after a h...

I really enjoyed this recipe as it was my first time trying out duck. However I wasn't a big fan having fruit for the stuffing. I found the fruit inside to taste different than I really thought ...

Made this for a large family Christmas dinner, along with a ham for those who said they didn't like duck. After dinner we all agreed that... Next year we have 2 ducks and NO HAM! -for this ham l...

LOVED the Flavor! I have been eating duck on major holidays for going on 20yrs. I really wanted to find a new recipe, and this is it. I will say I did tweak it in the sense I didn't have time fo...