A Christmas Story teaches us a lot of things: You should never lick a freezing cold metal pole. If you get a BB gun, there’s a strong possibility that you’ll shoot your eye out. And if a pack of roving dogs runs away with your holiday turkey, go get roast duck from your local Chinese restaurant.

December 08, 2015

That happy scene in which the Parkers feast on (head-on) crisp-skinned duck is certain to make you drool for a bird of your own. So prepare one of these incredible roast duck recipes before starting your annual viewing of A Christmas Story.

1. Roast Duck with Citrus Pan Sauce 
A bright citrus pan sauce is all that’s needed to round out this simple roast duck, cooked to a rich caramel brown.

2. Slow-Roasted Duck with Orange-Sherry Sauce 
At Gabrielle in New Orleans, Greg Sonnier stuffs his ducks with onions to keep the meat moist, then roasts them slowly to cook off the fat.

3. Slow-Cooked Duck with Green Olives and Herbes de Provence 
This is the most forgiving and delicious duck recipe you'll ever find. By slow-cooking duck with aromatics until it's as tasty and tender as confit, then broiling it until the skin is shatter-crisp, cookbook author Paula Wolfert manages to play to all of the bird's strengths.

4. Spice-Roasted Duck 
In this supereasy duck dish, chef Hugh Acheson says the trick to getting crispy duck skin is dry-brining the bird: seasoning it and letting it rest in the refrigerator overnight.

5. Duck à l'Orange 
This classic recipe from Jacques Pépin results in the crispiest sink.

6. Roast Duck with Five-Spice Sauce and Rice Noodles 
This crisp, glazed duck is served in typical Asian fashion: cut into small pieces and served with a host of accompaniments—crisp radishes, chewy noodles, refreshing cilantro and tart lime.

7. Sour-Cherry-Stuffed Duck Breasts with Thyme 
This festive duck roast is stuffed with a delicious sweet-and-sour cherry filling.