Easter is a little more than a week away; make this beautiful roast duck for the special holiday. My Bulgarian grandmother has been making this duck recipe for as long as I can remember. The only thing I changed was the addition of the zesty honey glaze. It gives it a slight sweet tartness that really compliments the tender meat.

 

Duck stuffed with applesIngredients:

1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp paprika
6 lb. duck
5 small granny smith apples
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup fresh orange juice, strained
2 tbsp lemon juice, strained

Instructions:

1. In a small bowl, combine salt, pepper, garlic powder, and paprika.

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2. Remove the insides of the duck, then wash and pat it dry. Rub the inside and outside of the duck with the spice and salt mixture.

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3. Core the Granny Smith apples and cut them into halves.

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4. Stuff the duck as much as possible with the apples. Then tie the drumsticks with kitchen twine.

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5. Place the duck (upside down) into a roasting pan.

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6. Whisk together the honey, orange juice, and lemon juice. This will be the glaze.

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7. Roast at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 1 hour.

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8. Flip the duck on its front side and roast for 1 more hour.

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9. Remove the duck form the oven and brush a generous amount of the glaze on top. Let it sit for about 20 minutes before serving.

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Roast Duck Stuffed with Apples
 
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Serves: 1 6lb. Duck
Ingredients
  • 1½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • 6 lb. duck
  • 5 small granny smith apples
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup fresh orange juice, strained
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice, strained
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, combine salt, pepper, garlic powder, and paprika.
  2. Remove the insides of the duck, then wash and pat it dry. Rub the entire duck with the spice and salt mixture.
  3. Core the Granny Smith apples and cut them into halves.
  4. Stuff the duck as much as possible with the apples. Then tie the drumsticks with kitchen twine.
  5. Place the duck (upside down) into a roasting pan.
  6. Whisk together the honey, orange juice, and lemon juice. This will be the glaze.
  7. Roast at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 50 minutes.
  8. Flip the duck on its front side and roast for another 50 minutes.
  9. Remove the duck form the oven and brush a generous amount of the glaze on top. Let it sit for about 20 minutes before serving.