Prep 1 hr
Cook 1 hr
This is an Alice Waters recipe and very simple and good.
- 1 (3 -4 lb) duck
- salt and pepper
- 1⁄2 lb cherries, pitted
- 3 tablespoons madeira wine
- 1⁄4 cup chicken stock, prefereably homemade
- Remove any fat from the cavity of the duck and pierce the skin of the legs and breast with the tip of a knife or the tines of fork (helps to render out the fat).
- Season the duck well with salt and pepper inside and out and let the duck sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before roasting.
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Roast the duck on a rack in a roasting pan for 45 minutes, turning it from side to side every ten or so minutes and finishing with it breast side up.
- Pour off as much fat as possible (reserve it for other uses--like the best french fries there are).
- Add the cherries, the wine and the stock and roast for another 15 minutes--the duck should still be pink next to the bone.
- Allow the duck to rest 15 minutes before carving.
- To carve, remove the legs, slice the breast and reserve all the juices.
- Skim the juices again, taste for seasoning and serve the duck garnished with the cherries and the de-fatted pan juices.