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Pomegranate molasses roasted duck

With every bite of my pomegranate molasses roasted duck, you get succulent, tender, and flavorful meat that will make you want to reach for more.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Roasting Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Vy Tran

Ingredients

Pomegranate molasses roasted duck

  • 6 pound duck
  • 2 tbsps unsalted butter
  • 2 pounds small yellow potatoes
  • 1/2 cup fresh blood orange juice
  • 4 strips of orange peel
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate molasses
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 5 star anise
  • 5 cloves
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper

Apricot pistachio herb stuffing

  • 4 tbsps unsalted butter
  • 2 shallots, roughly diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped
  • 2 cups bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 1 tsp thyme, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried apricots, cut into small pieces
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper

Instructions

  • Use a skewer to pierce the skin of the duck all over.
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Immerse the whole duck in the hot water for 5 minutes. Remove the duck from heat and use a paper towel to dry its skin. 
  • Place it on a wire rack over a baking sheet and leave it in the refrigerator for 2 hours so the skin can dry.
  • To make the pomegranate molasses glaze, in a small saucepan, combine orange juice, orange strips, honey, pomegranate molasses, cinnamon, star anise, and cloves. Let the mixture cook over medium heat for 25-30 minutes until the mixture is reduced by half and becomes syrupy. Set it aside to cool. Reserve ½ cup for serving.
  • To make the stuffing, melt butter in a medium non-stick pan over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until they become soft and fragrant. Add the breadcrumbs, orange rind, herbs, pistachios, and apricot and let them cook for 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and mix well to combine. Remove from heat and set aside.
    When ready to roast, preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  • In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, add butter and potatoes. Let the potatoes brown on both sides for 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
  • Remove the duck from the fridge. Season the inside and outside generously with salt and pepper. Brush it all over with the pomegranate molasses glaze. 
  • Fill the cavity with herb stuffing and tie the legs together with kitchen twine.
  • Place the glazed duck, breast up, on top of the bed of potatoes and roast in the oven for 90 minutes until golden brown. Reglaze the duck every 30 minutes. Halfway through, if the skin starts to brown too much, place a large piece of foil over the duck to prevent it from burning.
  • Remove the pan from the oven and let the duck rest for 15 minutes.
  • Place the duck on a serving platter, pour the reserved glaze over the duck. Garnish with blood orange wedges, pomegranate, and fresh herbs or eucalyptus leaves.
  • Serve immediately with the stuffing, potatoes, and a light salad.