6 hrs 30 mins
1 hr 30 mins
I remember making this recipe with my parents growing up. It's a lot of fun, and an all-day affair. Grab your tire pump, a clean basketball pumping needle, a fan and an old bed sheet (or other non-lint large scrap of fabric) and have fun!!
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- 4 1/2-5 lbs frozen duck, defrosted
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1/2 orange, peel only
- 2 green onions, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, sliced
- 1 tablespoon peanut oil
- 2 teaspoons brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons soybean paste
- 1/2 cup hoisin sauce
- 2 tablespoons dark soy sauce
- 1/2 cup chicken broth
- 6 tablespoons honey
- green onion, for garnish
- hoisin sauce, for garnish
- 1Remove giblets from inside the duck. Remove the excess fat that hangs about the tail.
- 2Rub 1 T salt into tho skin and let the duck dry for 1 hour.
- 3Saute' the orange peel, the 2 chopped green onions, and garlic in the peanut oil for a moment.
- 4Add 1/2 teaspoon hoisin and the soy sauce. Simmer for a moment, and add the chicken broth. Allow mixture to cool.
- 5Wipe the duck dry with paper towels.
- 6Using poultry lacing needles, firmly lace up the neck and tie it closed with twine.
- 7Begin lacing up the rear end leaving enough space to fill the cavity with sauce.
- 8After pouring sauce into cavity, finish lacing up the bird, making sure the sauce does not leak out either end! This is very important, it needs to be airtight for the next fun step.
- 9Now, using the basketball needle and a tire pump, insert the needle into the neck of the bird, just under the skin and on the body side of the string used for the upper neck. Place a 2nd piece of string around the neck just above the point of the needle insertion so that you can tie the neck tightly after pumping the bird like a balloon. Now, slowly and carefully pump up the bird until the skin separates from the meat, remove the needle and quickly tie off the bird (two people for this step really helps).
- 10The success of the dish depends on the bird being air tight.
- 11In a large kettle bring 6 quarts water to boil. Add the honey. Make a sling out of one piece of fabric and use it to lower the duck onto the honey water. Roll it gently for a few moments. Don't lose the duck!
- 12Now remove the duck from the water, and bring the wings around to the back of the bird, and slip a long piece of fabric under the wings.
- 13Hang the duck so that it swings freely from the sling, in a cool place (we put it in the shower) and aim a fan at it for 3 - 4 hours.
- 14Play games (Chinese Checkers, Mah Jong, etc) with the family.
- 15Remove the bird from its roost, and place it gently in a greased roasting rack. Roast for 30 minutes at 425 degrees F.
- 16Turn the oven to 350 degrees F until you have roasted the duck for a TOTAL TIME of 18 minutes per pound. (Include the first 30 minutes in your time).
- 17Place a pan of water under the duck to catch the drippings (without smoke - hence the water).
- 18Remove from oven and allow to rest for a moment.
- 19Drain the juice and serve in separate bowl.
- 20The skin is the highlight of the recipe, but the entire duck is amazing!
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Nutritional Facts for Peking Duck (Frugal Gourmet)
Serving Size: 1 (324 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 6
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 1527.0
- Calories from Fat 1233
- Total Fat 137.0 g
- Saturated Fat 45.5 g
- Cholesterol 259.4 mg
- Sodium 2122.9 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 30.5 g
- Dietary Fiber 1.1 g
- Sugars 25.8 g
- Protein 41.1 g
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