Recipe: Honey Roast Duck with Port and Orange Sauce

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Much richer in flavour than turkey and not as ‘gamey’ as a goose, roast duck is a delicious alternative when served with this port and orange sauce


  • 1 x 5lb. duck
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsps. clear honey
  • 4 tbsps duck stock

    for the sauce

  • 1 oz. plain flour
  • 2 tbsp. duck fat from roasting tin
  • 2 fl. oz.(50ml) port
  • 1 orange, rind and juice
  • 1 tbsp. redcurrant jelly
  • salt and pepper
  • half a pint (300ml) duck stock
  • Cooking Instructions:

    1. Pre-heat the oven to 325F, Gas Mark 3, 170C
    2. Wipe the duck inside and out and sprinkle with salt and pepper
    3. Put the duck on a rack in a roasting tin and roast for 2 hours
    4. Mix the honey and the 4 tbsps. of duck stock together
    5. Prick the duck skin with a fork and brush in the honey mixture
    6. Return the duck to the oven and cook for a further 30 minutes, or until the duck is cooked through
    7. Meanwhile melt the duck fat in a pan, blend in the flour, and cook for one minute
    8. Add the rest of the sauce ingredients and bring to the boil, stirring continuously
    9. Reduce heat and simmer gently until the sauce is of a smooth consistency
    10. Serve the sauce hot with the roast duck


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