Now is the time to dig through the freezer and make room for this year’s harvest. That duck you froze last January is due for the dinner table tonight. Assuming that you froze it properly, here’s a great recipe that’ll make you even more anxious to restock the freezer this season. Read directions carefully before starting. The legs need about a 2-hour head start!

Duck with Orange, Brandy and Peppercorn Sauce

Ingredients

  • 2 large ducks skin on or off
  • 1/4 cup olive oil divided in half
  • 1/2 cup orange juice concentrate
  • 1/2 cup brandy
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon cracked black peppercorns
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup onion diced
  • 3 tablespoons chilled butter

Instructions

  • Remove leg/thigh sections from ducks and place in a large non-reactive (glass, plastic, ceramic) container. Remove breast halves and place in container. In another bowl, whisk together half of the oil, orange juice concentrate, brandy, broth, peppercorns and salt. Pour half of the mixture over duck pieces and toss to coat. Reserve other half. Cover and refrigerate duck for 2- 6 hours. Remove breasts from marinade and set aside. Transfer duck legs with marinade to a greased baking dish, cover and place in a preheated 375 degree oven for 2 hours or until legs are tender. Heat remaining oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Brown breasts evenly, but not past rare. Remove breasts from pan and add reserved marinade, garlic and onion. Simmer for 10 minutes. Return breasts to pan, add cooked legs and warm to serving temperature. Remove duck and arrange on platter, Whisk butter into sauce in pan until melted and spoon sauce over duck.

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