Roast Duck

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.

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Roast Duck with Citrus Pan Sauce

Food & Wine

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.

Total: 2 hrs 45 mins

Roast Duck with Cranberry Chutney

Family Circle

This tangy sweet cranberry chutney with a hint of ginger pairs delightfully with the rich duck meat. Try it with ham and pork too.

Orange-Ginger Duck

Better Homes and Gardens

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.

Roast Duck and Goose for a Classic Feast

"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).

Total: 45 mins

Orange-Roasted Duck


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.

Total: 2 hrs 20 mins

Roast Duck with Wild Mushroom Sauce

Better Homes and Gardens

The exotic dried mushrooms in this recipe complement the duck's robust flavor for a perfect entertaining entree.

Sugar-and-Spice Skillet-Roasted Duck Breasts

Food & Wine

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.

Total: 25 mins

Pomegranate-and-Plum Glazed Duckling

Better Homes and Gardens

For the glaze, squeeze juice from the pomegranates. Serve the duckling with roasted vegetables.

Roast Duck with Dried Cherry Sauce


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.

Total: 3 hrs

Pomegranate Duck


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.

Total: 45 mins

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