How to Roast a Duck

Make the holidays special with this Christmas roast duck with cranberry-orange glaze, featuring perfectly crisp skin and a spiced glaze full of festive flavors.


Place the duck on a sturdy cutting board and score the breast skin in a criss-cross pattern using a sharp knife. This allows the duck fat to drain, ensuring crispy skin. 


Stuff the duck cavity with onion quarters, lemon quarters and herbs and tie together the legs. Generously sprinkle with salt and place in the refrigerator uncovered for a minimum of an hour.


Rub the duck with the dry spices and place in a roasting pan on a rack. Roast for 15 minutes in a 425-degree oven, and then turn the temperature to 350 degrees and cook until desired doneness.

Serve with the cranberry-orange glaze and enjoy every delicious, decadent bite. You'll love this roast duck for the holiday season!

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