Duck a l’Orange

Last week we stopped in to visit our good friend Jill at First Comes Health. A holistic health coach here in Pittsburgh, Jill is working on a “food-centric” project right now for her followers (we have a hunch it’ll have a wide reach and take the Paleo community by storm). Go follow her facebook page so you can see our collaborative effort come to life over the next month or two (you will NOT want to miss it!)  We offered to help Jill with the photographs for this exciting project, and to show us her thanks, she sent us home with several goodies, one being a pastured duck from Green Circle Farm!

paleo orange duck

I have been saying for MONTHS now that I wanted to roast a whole duck. We love our recipe for duck confit, and since duck legs are so delicious, I knew we would love trying our hand at an entire duck. On our drive home from Jill’s house I got a call from my mom. After telling her about our day, and that Jill had given us a duck, my mom suggested we try Duck a l’Orange. She said that was one duck recipe she can remember trying, and we might like it.

paleo orange duck recipe

After a quick google search, I found a recipe for Duck a l’Orange on Epicurious that looked tasty, and like it could be easily modified to fit our “primal palates” nicely. The biggest modification I made to the recipe was that I completely omitted the sauce for the duck. I didn’t think it was that necessary to the overall flavor of the dish, and it was too much “crap” to change. My instinct was spot on, because when the duck came out of the oven, the bottom of the roasting pan was filled with a mixture of juices and duck fat. No need for sauce!

We really enjoyed this recipe, and we would definitely make it again. Thanks Jillness for the wonderful gift!

Duck a l’Orange

Serves: 6

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Note, these instructions are written assuming the standard serving size, since you have modified the number of servings, these steps may need to be modified for best results
  1. Preheat oven to 475 degrees, and place rack in the middle position.
  2. Place carrot, celery, and onion in the bottom of a large roasting pan or dutch oven.
  3. Rinse duck under cool water, being sure to rinse out the body cavity as well.
  4. Pat entire duck dry, including the body cavity.
  5. Rub duck with duck fat, inside and out.
  6. Sprinkle salt and pepper over entire duck, including the body cavity.
  7. Rub duck with spice mixture.
  8. Place a few chunks of onion, celery, and carrot inside the duck, leaving room for the herbs and orange.
  9. Stuff duck with the fresh herbs, and half of the orange-cut into quarters.
  10. Place duck over the vegetables in the roasting pan, and roast for 30 minutes at 475.
  11. After 30 minutes, pour chicken stock and the juice of half the orange over the vegetables in the bottom of the pan, and turn oven down to 350.
  12. Roast duck until thermometer reads 170 in the thigh, about 1 to 1 1/4 hours more.
  13. Remove duck from oven, allow to rest for 15 minutes, carve, and serve.
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    1. June 6, 2012

      Who knew that duck has such potential for beauty?! I’m so glad you enjoyed the gift!! Can’t wait to get my own duck now. 🙂
      Many thanks for the fun day, all the help, and the props!

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