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.
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.