Earthier in flavor than turkey or chicken, duck makes a great main course for your Christmas menu. Try Braised Duck with Vegetables and Chestnuts, Roast Duck with Wild Mushroom Sauce, or one of our other main-dish duck recipes for a Christmas dinner you'll always remember.See Popular Roast Duck Recipes
A bright citrus pan sauce is all that's needed to round out this simple roast duck, cooked to a rich caramel brown. To render the fat and ensure a crisp skin, the duck is first steamed; Marcia Kiesel scatters a handful of coriander seeds over the steaming water, which releases their orangelike scent.
This tangy sweet cranberry chutney with a hint of ginger pairs delightfully with the rich duck meat. Try it with ham and pork too.
Duck is always a great special occasion main dish. The marinated duck in this recipe features an orange-ginger glaze that certainly won't disappoint. Serve it the next time you entertain.
The orange marmalade and soy sauce glaze accentuates the rich, gamy taste of duck. It's an irresistible treat for company any time of year.
"I believe there was never such a goose!" said Bob Cratchit, surrounded at the holiday table by his smiling clan in Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol. Roast goose is oh so very Victorian, but its rich flavor has played a part of major feasts since ancient times (the Celts, it is said, included goose in their celebrations and rituals).
The exotic dried mushrooms in this recipe complement the duck's robust flavor for a perfect entertaining entree.
Inspired by Behroush Sharifi's spices and by tagine blends from Morocco, New Orleans chef John Besh of Restaurant August created a flavoring mix of cinnamon, star anise, black pepper and sugar to sprinkle on the duck breasts. The spices provide terrific aromas, while the sugar gives the meat a burnished crust in under 10 minutes of cooking.
For the glaze, squeeze juice from the pomegranates. Serve the duckling with roasted vegetables.
Tired of the same old turkey on the holiday table? This could be the year to switch to duck. It's easy to cook and practically impossible to dry out - it stays moist and reheats well (see Tip). Almost all the fat is under the skin and drips off during cooking. We serve the duck with an incredibly rich-tasting gravy, adding port and dried fruit to a giblet stock for sophistication in seconds.
Duck breasts may seem too fancy for the average weeknight, but they roast up beautifully and quickly. This preparation, with its luscious ruby-colored sauce, is definitely one that will impress.
We Americans like our servings big, fatty, and over-the-top from time to time. See: Paula Deen's donut hamburger, the Jack in the Box bacon milkshake, or pretty much any variety of cheese-drenched french fries. But food and drink blog The Daily Meal points out that the United States isn't the only country that offers several days worth of calories in a single portion.
Tradition is a big part of any holiday meal. Whether you serve a ham or turkey on the big day probably has a lot to do with the tradition that was passed down to you from your family. But no matter what you put on your table, there's a wine for that! If you're serving ... Ham Probably one of the most traditional entrees, a smoked ham is usually accompanied by a sweet coating, like honey -- or cherry and pomegranate. In this case, wines with smokiness or oak aging will be the best to complement dinner.read more
How I hope that your romantic Valentine's dinner is intended for two people only, and that those two are adults. Not that I don't adore dear little children and their sweet ways. It's just that kids are so ... anti-elegance-prone, so apt to prefer chicken nuggets to truly dazzling cuisine. And to make known their disgust for good food in ways that are extra-clear, such as gagging. When it comes to a romantic, sophisticated dinner, the presence of kids is like an icy shower. Whether your children are sharing in the Valentine's Day menu is out of myread more
When it comes to Thanksgiving, there is really one true star of the show: the turkey. And though it can be fun to play with different cooking methods and ingredients, there's something to be said for playing it straight. After all, guests are looking for a Thanksgiving roast turkey that's beautifully golden brown on the outside, plump and juicy on the inside.
When I look back at the lavish holiday meals during the Christmases of my blessed, blessed childhood, I realize that my parents -- and my mother in particular -- put in 36 hours of work a day to keep us happy. Take Christmas Eve. At 5 in the afternoon, we all went to church. Then we came home to a formal dinner. Then we trimmed the Christmas tree and decorated the house, it being my parents' belief that we should confine Christmas to 12 days and 12 days only. Then it was time for the little kids to have theirread more
Stock your freezer with make-ahead meals that reheat easily and you'll never scramble to get dinner on the table for your family again.