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Serves 2 With leftovers
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The Smokehouse of The Catskills is expanding every week. The newest addition to their great meats, fowl and charcuterie is Organic Free Range Duck from a local farm in the Valley. It is so different from supermarket duck that all i can say is you have to taste it to believe it. The bright yellow fat within its cavity renders down to a great duck fat, turning simple oven roasted turnips into a gourmet side dish. Of course, in our opinion the perfect green to accompany the Duck is Garlicky Broccoli Rabe. It was a successful 9/11 birthday dinner.


1 5 Pound Organic Free Range Duck
Kosher Salt & fresh Black Pepper
1 TB of Sweet Paprika


1. With the point of a sharp knife, lightly pierce the entire Duck breast. This will help eliminate the fat.
2. Season the Duck with the Salt, Pepper & Paprika.
3. Heat the oven to 450 degrees. Add 1/2″ of hot water to the floor of the pan for the first step, steaming the Duck.
4. In the heated roasting pan with a non-stick rack (preferred), add the Duck, breast side down. Steam for about 20 minutes, helping to render the fat. Remove from the oven to a plate & discard the greasy water from the pan. Return the Duck to the dry pan with the breast side up.
5. Reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees & roast for about 45 minutes. Occasionally baste it with the juices at the bottom of the pan.
6. Remove when the Duck’s skin has browned & the internal temperature is 135 degrees. It continues to cook as it resettles.
You do not want the meat to dry out.

RECIPE Madeira (or Port or Marsala) Sauce


2 ounces of Butter
1/4 Cup of diced Shallots
1 tsp of Black Peppercorns (crushed)
3 Sprigs of fresh Thyme
1 Bay Leaf
1/2 Cup of Madeira (or Port or Marsala) 1/2 Cup of Red Wine
2 Ounces of Veal Demi Glace
4 Ounces of Water


1. Cut the Shallots in a fine dice.
2. Melt the Butter in a small sauce pan, add the Shallots, the crushed Peppercorns, Thyme, Bay Leaf & saute until the Shallots are tender, about 2 minutes.
3. Add the 1/2 Cup of Madeira (or Port or Marsala) & the 1/2 Cup of Red Wine. Cook until it is reduced by half.
4. Add the Demi Glace & the Water. Whisk vigorously until completely dissolved. If the sauce is too thick, add Water a little at a time, until it reaches the consistency of heavy cream.
5. Set aside.


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