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24 November 2020 | Raidis Estate, Raidis Recipes | Raidis Estate

Christmas Day Roast duck

If you haven't already started thinking about Christmas Day and what you will be serving at your table well, now is the time.

Bringing your family together on Christmas Day is an important time of the year, and with all that has been going on in the world, this year it has even more relevance.

This Roast Duck recipe is an excellent alternative to doing a big ol’ Turkey.


What you’ll need:


1.5kg potatoes peeled and thinly sliced

2 onions thinly sliced

500ml chicken stock

1 x 2kg whole duck, giblets removed

1 clementine, cut in half

1 cinnamon stick

½ tsp Chinese five-spice powder

75g butter

1 head Savoy cabbage, leaves shredded

50g dried cranberries 

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


For the cranberry apple sauce


2 apples, peeled, cores removed, roughly chopped

200g fresh cranberries

5 tbsp cider

2-3 tbsp caster sugar, to taste




Arrange the shelves of your oven so that there is space for the duck at the top and the potatoes on the shelf immediately underneath. Preheat the oven to 180C.


Layer the potatoes and onions in a large roasting dish, seasoning each layer with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Pour over the stock, flattening the top layer down.


Place the potatoes onto the lower shelf in the oven.


Pierce the duck skin all over with a fork and stuff the neck end of the cavity with the clementine halves and cinnamon stick. Rub the five-spice powder all over the skin and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.


Place the duck directly onto the oven rack above the potatoes, so that the juices from the duck will drip onto the potatoes as they cook.


Roast for 1½-2 hours, or until the duck is cooked through and the potatoes are tender and golden-brown.


Meanwhile, for the spiced cranberry apple sauce, bring the apples, cranberries and cider to the boil in a frying pan. Reduce the heat until simmering and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the cranberries have burst, and the mixture has thickened.


Season, to taste, with sugar, if too tart, then pour the sauce into a serving bowl and set aside.


When the duck is cooked, remove it from the oven and set aside to rest for 10 minutes on a serving platter while you cook the cabbage.


Pour enough water into the bottom of a large frying pan to reach 1cm/½ in up the sides of the pan. Add half of the butter and bring to the boil.


When the butter has melted, add the cabbage and boil until it has just wilted, stirring occasionally. Add the dried cranberries and cook for another 1-2 minutes, or until most of the water has evaporated, then season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper.


To serve, spoon the wilted cabbage onto a serving platter and lay the roast duck on top. Serve the potatoes and sauce alongside.



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