Recipe by Coastal Living November 2017


Credit: Greg Dupree

Recipe Summary

1 hr
8 hrs
10 hrs 10 mins
Serves 8


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  • Score skin in a crosshatch pattern just through fat of ducks, making sure not to cut into meat. (This will release fat while cooking, and keep the skin crispy.) Rub with 2 teaspoons of the salt, and chill, uncovered, 8 hours or overnight in the refrigerator.

  • Place potatoes and cold water to cover in a large saucepan; bring to a boil over high. Reduce heat to medium, and simmer until fork-tender, about 10 minutes. Drain and spread onto a baking sheet to dry.

  • Let ducks stand at room temperature 20 minutes. Preheat oven to 450°F.

  • Place ducks, breast side up, on a wire rack in a rimmed baking sheet lined with aluminum foil. Roast in preheated oven 45 minutes.

  • Remove from oven, and lift rack from baking sheet, and set aside. Carefully skim fat from juices in baking sheet, and discard. Spread potatoes in a single layer in juices on baking sheet. Place ducks, breast side up, on potatoes. Reduce oven temperature to 350°F, and roast until a thermometer inserted in thickest portion of duck registers 180°F, and potatoes are crisp and tender, 30 to 35 minutes. Let ducks stand 15 minutes before serving.

  • Combine potatoes, parsley, capers, and remaining 1 teaspoon salt in a large bowl, and gently stir together. Let guests slice their own duck with crispy skin. Serve warm with potatoes.


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