Ideas & Inspiration
Duck is a versatile protein that adapts to a variety of flavor profiles for culinary adventurers everywhere. Treat your taste buds to duck dishes with flavors from Tex-Mex to Mediterranean and other cuisines from around the world. The possibilities are endless.
- Cooking with Duck
- Sauces and Seasonings
- Ideas From Around the World
By properly cooking duck, you can eliminate up to 70% of the fat, which leaves a delicious, crisp skin.
Cooking with Duck
- Make something old, new! Just take your favorite recipe and use duck in place of pork, beef or chicken. Duck's flavor can stand up to any spice, seasoning or ethnic profile.
- Confit duck comes from an old method of preserving meat by seasoning it and slowly cooking it in its own fat. The cooked meat was then packed into a crock and covered with its cooking fat which acted as a seal and preservative. This method produces a particularly tender meat.
- Duck cracklings can be easily made by cutting duck skin into thin strips and frying them until they are crisp. They are great on duck dishes or salads.
- Duck, like all meats and poultry, should rest after cooking to allow the juices to settle in the meat.
- Don't be afraid to serve duck with everyday sides, like mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, corn on the cob, macaroni and cheese, fruit salad or broccoli with cheese.
- If you like to grill over wood, cherry wood is an excellent choice for duck.
Sauces and Seasonings
- Rubbing the skin of a raw duck with paprika helps to create a golden, crispy skin when roasting.
- A quick and easy sauce for duck is equal parts of ginger ale and jam (peach, apricot, plum, blackberry) and a dash of powdered ginger and garlic. Stir and microwave until heated. Serve a sauce on the plate or on the side with duck. Putting sauce on the crispy skin will make the skin go soft.
- Did you know that the classic French orange sauce for duck is called bigarade sauce? It is a brown sauce flavored with oranges. "Bigarade" is French for "bitter orange," so be careful not to use overly sweet citrus for a classic sauce.
Ideas From Around the World
- To make a delicious duck pizza, make your favorite crust recipe and top it with plum sauce, chopped green onions, and any pre-cooked duck meat. Top with a light sprinkle of fresh mozzarella or goat cheese. Bake until cheese starts to bubble and enjoy.
- For Asian-style roast duck, glaze the duck with hoisin sauce during the last 15 minutes of roasting and serve with fried rice, black bean pancakes, or stir-fried vegetables.
- For a duck dinner with Mediterranean flair, serve duck with polenta and grilled vegetables with olive oil and herbs.
- Put a Tex-Mex spin on duck by using a spicy rub and serving it with a roasted tomato salsa and seasoned corn.
- For the exotic taste of India, use a rub of orange zest, cumin and curry powder on duck. Serve with coconut basmati rice.
- Caribbean jerk seasoning gives duck a tropical flavor. Serve with roasted beets topped with caramelized onions or with a mango papaya chutney.