The secret to crispy skin is a dry duck. Pat ducks with a paper towel before, during, and after refrigerating. Store uncovered in the back, coldest part of your fridge for up to two days ahead.

Recipe by Southern Living December 2015

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Credit: Alison Miksch; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham

Recipe Summary

hands-on:
30 mins
total:
11 hrs 50 mins
Yield:
Makes 8 to 10 servings
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Remove giblets from ducks, and reserve for another use. Rinse ducks, and pat dry with paper towels. Remove excess fat and skin. Tie legs together with kitchen string; chill, uncovered, 10 to 24 hours.

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  • Preheat oven to 450°. Let ducks stand at room temperature 15 minutes. Prick legs, thighs, and breasts with a fork. Rub ducks with salt and black pepper, and place, breast side up, on a wire rack in an aluminum foil-lined jelly-roll pan. Bake 45 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, stir together orange marmalade and next 5 ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium, and cook, stirring often, 10 to 15 minutes or until reduced to about 1 cup.

  • Remove ducks from oven, and carefully spoon fat from pan. Brush ducks with orange marmalade glaze. Reduce oven temperature to 350°, and bake 20 to 25 minutes or until a meat thermometer inserted in thickest portion registers 180°. Let stand 15 minutes before serving.

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