Christmas duck Recipe

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If you’re sick of turkey year after year, why not try something different this Christmas and go for this delicious duck recipe.


  • Orange 1 large, finely pared rind shredded and orange cut in half
  • Large duck approx. 3kg (6lb), washed and dried
  • Vegetable oil for preparation
  • Cranberry sauce 200ml (7fl oz)
  • Dessert apple 1 large, peeled, cored and cut into eighths
  • Plain flour 1tbsp
  • Red wine 200ml (7fl oz)
  • Chicken or duck stock 300ml (1/2 pint)


  • Preheat oven to 220°C/425°F/Gas 7. Put half of orange inside duck and squeeze juice from other half. Using a fork, prick duck all over. Place on a rack in a roasting tin and smear lightly with oil. Add salt and roast for 30 minutes.

  • Reduce heat to 180°C/350°F/Gas 4 and continue cooking for 1 to 11/2 hours, or until duck is well cooked (insert a skewer into thigh, juices should run clear, with no traces of blood).Transfer duck onto a dish, keep warm.

  • Meanwhile, put cranberry sauce into a pan, add orange juice and apple wedges and bring to boil. Reduce heat and cook gently until apple is softened, but not broken up. Keep warm or serve cold.

  • Skim off fat from roasting juices. Put 2 to 3 tbsp of fat into a pan and add flour. Strain juices into pan then add wine and stock, bring to boil, stirring. Reduce heat, simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, pour into a sauceboat.

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