Typically, a medium size duck will serve at least 2 to 4 adults. This means, if you are a family of 4 or 5, you will be easily able to finish and enjoy the entire bird in one sitting. Furthermore, a roasted duck is perfect for special occasions, smaller thanksgiving or Christmas and New Year’s Eve dinner.
HOW TO COOK A DUCK?
Yes, a roasted duck can be an amazing addition to the menu, but you have to know how to perfectly cook it. Initially, ducks were prepared by either boiling or spit roasting. However, now there are much easier and tastier ways of cooking a duck. Mostly, people either follow roasted duck recipe or prefer grilling and smoking it.
One major thing to work on while roasting a duck is dealing with the fat under the layer. This fat underneath the layers give amazing taste and flavor, but it can be tricky to cook it properly. The best way to deal with it is to put deep cuts with a sharp knife in the duck, and let the excess fat escape out of it while it roasts.
Also, remember that there is no need to apply any butter or oil on the duck, which you usually do before cooking a chicken or turkey. There will be enough fats in the duck to keep it moist and juicy.
Tips on Roasting Duck
- Make sure that the vent end of the duck is open. This will allow the heat to penetrate and cook the meat well from inside.
- Add a few herbs, star anise and zest of orange inside the cavity of duck. This will give a mouthwatering aroma and flavor to it.
- In order to have crispier skin, first wipe the duck dry, and then sprinkle a little salt on it.
- Roast a duck in a hot oven at approximately 190C.
- While roasting, place a baking tray to collect extra fat.
- Duck, just like every other meat, should be given some time to rest after cooking. This will allow the juices to settle better.
- While serving, pour the sauce on the plate and place the duck on top. This way the sauce will not turn the crispy skin into softer one.
- Duck taste very good when it is reheated. So, if you wish, you can simply cook it a day before.
- Cook the sauce using orange juice instead of water. Also, you can add some cranberry sauce to it for a sweeter taste.
So, there you go. Enjoy cooking, and eating this delicious meat. However, make sure you only buy fresh meat for optimal taste, and not rely on the frozen one. Lastly, collect the excess of duck fat and save it. It is great for sautéing veggies and roasting potatoes. You can preserve it in a refrigerator for ages.