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Chef Aziz: Try this delicious duck at home

By Staff | Apr 20, 2012

Chef Aziz

Crispy Duck with Cherries & Port Wine Sauce

Contributed by Chef Aziz and Host Andrea


1 whole duck (about 5-pound duck)

1 cup of cherries

Crispy duck with cherries and port wine sauce

1/4-cup sugar

3 tablespoons Red Wine Vinegar

1 cup port wine

2 tablespoons corn starch

1 cup of chicken stock

salt and pepper to taste


1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Clean and trim any excess fat on the duck, then prick the duck skin all over with a fork. Season with salt and pepper.

2. Seat the duck, breast side up, on a roasting pan,and roast for about 40 minutes. Turn it over and continue to roast for 30 more minutes. Turn duck over again (breasts side up), drain off any liquid from the cavity into pan, then continue to roast about another 20 minutes or until the skin is brown and crisp. Total roasting time should be around 1 1/2 hours.

3. Put the sugar and vinegar into a saucepan over medium heat and cook. When it starts to turn golden brown remove immediately from heat and carefully stir in the juice from the cherries, stir again and then add the cherries.

4. Return to the flame, add the chicken broth and whisk over low heat until the caramelized sugar is completely dissolved. Set aside.

5. When the duck is ready, remove it from the oven, set it aside to let it rest for 15-20 minutes.

6. Skim the excess fat from the roasting pan, add port wine and bring to boil over medium heat, scraping up any bits of dripping from the pan. Pour the pan juices in the saucepan with the sauce base and strain it. Bring it to simmer, stir in the corn starch and the chicken stock in a bowl, then whisk it into the simmering sauce to thicken it.

7. Carve the duck and place it on a serving plate. Serve the sauce in a sauceboat and enjoy!

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