Roast Duck with Green Peppercorn Sauce

by Sara Moulton for Sara's Weeknight Meals.
Maple Leaf Farms is a past sponsor of Sara's Weeknight Meals.
Tangy Dijon mustard and flavorful peppercorns spice up duck for a weeknight meal.


Prep Time {25 min plus 15 min to rest}

Cook Time {1 hr 15 min}

Serving Size {4 servings}


1 Maple Leaf Farms Whole Duck (5 lb.), thawed

Kosher Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper to taste

1 Tbsp. Vegetable Oil

1 small Onion, coarsely chopped

1 small Carrot, coarsely chopped

2 Garlic Cloves, smashed with the side of a knife

1 cup Dry Red Wine

1 small Celery Rib, coarsely chopped

2 sprigs Fresh Thyme or 1/2 tsp. dried

1/2 tsp. Black Peppercorns

1/2 Bay Leaf, preferably Turkish

1 Tbsp. Tomato Paste

1 qt. Chicken Stock, preferably homemade

1 1/2 Tbsp. All-purpose Flour

1 1/2 Tbsp. Unsalted Butter, softened

2 Tbsp. Drained, Bottled Green Peppercorns

1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard



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1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Remove the neck and giblets from the cavity of the duck and reserve. Cut the wings off the duck and reserve. Rinse the duck under cold running water and pat dry with paper towels. Using the tip of a sharp paring knife, prick the duck all over, inserting the knife at an angle to pierce just the skin, not the flesh. Season well with salt and pepper. Place on a rack in a shallow roasting pan and roast until browned and crisp, 1 1/4 hours. Remove the roasting pan at 30-minute intervals, drain off the fat, and again prick the skin.

2. While the duck is roasting, rinse the neck, giblets and wings and pat dry. Cut the wings and the neck into several pieces. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the neck, giblets and wings. Cook, stirring often, until golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes.

3. Reduce the heat to medium and add the onion, carrot and garlic. Cook until the vegetables are lightly browned and softened, 5 to 8 minutes. Increase the heat to medium-high and pour in the wine. Bring to a boil, stirring to pick up any browned bits on the bottom. Boil until almost all of the liquid has evaporated. Add the celery, thyme, black peppercorns, bay leaf, tomato paste and stock. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer, skimming off any scum that rises to the surface, until the duck is ready to come out of the oven.

4. When the duck is done, transfer it to a carving board, cover loosely with aluminum foil, and let rest for 15 to 20 minutes before carving.

5. While the duck is resting, strain the stock and discard the solids. Measure the liquid. If there is less than 1 cup, add water to measure this amount and pour into a small saucepan. If there is more than 1 cup, return to the saucepan and boil until reduced to this amount.

6. Bring the liquid back to a simmer over medium-high heat. Combine the flour and butter in a small heatproof bowl and use a fork to work it into a smooth paste. Add a little of the stock to the paste and whisk until smooth. Pour the flour mixture into the saucepan and simmer, whisking, until slightly thickened, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the green peppercorns. Remove the saucepan from the heat, stir in the mustard, and season the sauce with salt and pepper. Cut the duck into serving pieces. Spoon on a small amount of the sauce and serve warm with any remaining sauce on the side.

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Jerry { 3 months ago }

Where does the chicken stock come in?

Maple Leaf Farms { 3 months ago }

Chicken stock is added in Step 3 "...tomato paste and stock."