Christmas without a duck is not Christmas
Vilma Juodkazienė, a food expert at the Iki retail chain, says she is in the oven roast duck – one of those dishes without which Christmas is unimaginable, writes a press release.
„Goose or duck is a traditional Christmas dish in the UK and part of Europe. Home-baked duck is also a favorite on many Lithuanian families on Christmas Day. Duck – a meat with a fairly bright taste. It is usually marinated very simply – in the evening the duck is rubbed with a mixture of garlic, favorite herbs, butter, salt, pepper and then baked in the oven. However, although this method of preparing a duck is the most traditional, it is definitely not necessary to stick to it, ”says V. Juodkazienė.
According to a food expert, duck is especially compatible with apples, pears, dried fruits and citrus fruits such as oranges or clementines. However, V. Juodkazienė says that duck can be stuffed not only with fruits or vegetables, but also with pieces of bread, rice and even chestnuts.
Roast duck is usually served with cranberry or cranberry sauce. It is a fairly fatty bird, so it is fried in fat potatoes or other favorite, usually rooted, vegetables that are served as a side dish next to the main course. However, in order to serve the most delicious duck during the holidays, V. Juodkazienė is advising to think about her recipes now. The expert suggests making a rehearsal for the Christmas table in the kitchen – preparing a duck, and shares three ways to make a duck.
Duck stuffed with pieces of bread with orange sauce. A food expert says that the most important thing before frying a bird is to rub it with pepper and salt. Then leave in the refrigerator for up to two days. After removing the duck from the refrigerator, wipe the salt with a paper towel. Finally, stuff the inside of the duck with pieces of white bread, onions, mushrooms, apple slices and raisins. Another advice from an expert is to make small incisions in the skin of the duck with a knife or scissors before baking to make it easier for the duck fat to drain. The oven should be preheated to 160 degrees and the duck should be baked for about 3 hours (depending on the size of the bird).
It is best to fry the duck in a pan so that everyone is drained fat. In addition, during cooking, do not forget to sprinkle the duck on the fat, so the bird will remain juicy. At the end, the oven heat can be increased to 220 degrees and the duck is allowed to shake for 15 minutes. Before serving, roast duck should be garnished with fresh parsley, orange slices and grape tomatoes. In addition to the duck prepared in this way, the food expert offers to make a sauce of extraordinary taste. Orange jam should be mixed with soy sauce, fried duck fat, a slice of lemon juice and a pinch of grated orange peel. Then sprinkle it on the prepared duck.
Duck stuffed with apples and pears with fried vegetables. As with the first recipe, the duck should first be rubbed with salt and pepper and left in the refrigerator. After removing the duck from the refrigerator, the expert advises spices wipe with a paper towel, then incise the duck skin. Finally, the duck should be stuffed with diced pears, apples and finely chopped onions and about 3 hours. bake in a preheated oven to 160 degrees. For those who want to serve a delicious garnish next to the duck, the expert advises to add potatoes, carrots, onions, pumpkins, parsnips or other favorite vegetables to the fat dripped from the duck, to season everything for about 20 minutes. bake in a preheated oven to 200 degrees.
Ginger duck with citrus. First, it is recommended to rub the duck with salt, pepper and leave in the refrigerator. True, this time the duck is advised not to keep it in the refrigerator for too long, because it will still need to be marinated. Then wipe the spices with a paper towel, cut into the skin of the duck. Make from chopped ginger, garlic, honey and soy sauce marinata. Wipe the whole duck with it and soak it overnight. Then add chopped onions, oranges, lemons, pears and, if you like, prunes to the inside of the duck. The duck prepared in this way, the expert advises to bake in an oven preheated to 160 degrees for about 3 hours. and served with fresh salad or duck-fried potatoes.
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