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    Citrus-Rubbed Whole Duck

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    2 hrs 15 mins

    15 mins

    2 hrs

    lazyme's Note:

    From Emeril Lagasse, this is a great duck recipe. The citrus aroma fills the kitchen while it's cooking. The skin is crisp, and the duck is moist and tender.

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    1. 1
      Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    2. 2
      Zest oranges and lemons and chop zest finely.
    3. 3
      Squeeze juice from oranges and lemons.
    4. 4
      In a small bowl combine zest, juice, pepper and salt.
    5. 5
      Rub duck, inside and out, with all of the citrus-pepper mixture.
    6. 6
      In a roasting pan set duck on a vertical roaster and cook about 2 1/2 hours, or until well-browned and crispy.
    7. 7
      Let rest, loosely covered with foil, 10 minutes before carving.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on November 26, 2010


      Also my first attempt cooking a whole duck, I tried this recipe in tandem with a few other article/ recipes. So I too poked holes in the skin for the fat to drain and also scored the top and bottom skin as I read in a Martha Stewart Duck 101 article.

      I found this recipe overall excellent and it helped make my first duck delicious, though I would consider reserving some of the rub next time, which is almost a marinade when all the citrus is juiced. I also think the original recipe writer just meant a regular roasting rack, not a vertical roaster. My duck came with giblets and a neck, so I also made a gravy with it.

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    • on November 09, 2009


      This was my first duck attempt also! The flavors of the citrus really flavored the duck. But it did not come out as crispy as I would have liked. My friend who is a butcher also had me poke a few holes in the skin so a lot of the fat would escape. I stuffed the duck with the oranges and lemons that I used the zest for and that really flavored the meat. I never knew how unhealthy duck was! I guess this is a once a year treat! Thanks for sharing.

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    • on April 24, 2009


      This is a delicious duck recipe! This was my very first duck I ever attempted to cook. At first I was apprehensive and stated, "I don't know how to cook duck!" My DD told me to check on RecipeZaar and it turned out like I had been doing it for years. I also stuffed the duck with 4 halved clementines. Thanks for rescuing me Lazyme! Made for the Lazyme cook-a-thon honoring her DH!

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    Nutritional Facts for Citrus-Rubbed Whole Duck

    Serving Size: 1 (709 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 3

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 3149.2
    Calories from Fat 2684
    Total Fat 298.2 g
    Saturated Fat 100.1 g
    Cholesterol 575.0 mg
    Sodium 5132.6 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 27.2 g
    Dietary Fiber 8.2 g
    Sugars 12.2 g
    Protein 89.7 g

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