This is my easy version of what can be a complicated dish. The duck is first boiled to removed the excess fat and roasted at high heat to render a crisp skin. The broth is saved to make the wild rice and for a future duck risotto. Save any duck meat you have left over!
2 (5 to 5 1/2 pounds each) ducks, innards and wing tips removed
6 quarts chicken broth
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Unwrap the ducks and allow them to sit at room temperature for 20 minutes. With a fork, prick the skin without piercing the meat. This will allow the fat to drain off while the ducks cook.
Meanwhile, in a very large stock pot which can hold the 2 ducks, heat the chicken broth with 1 tablespoon of kosher salt until it boils. Add the ducks very carefully and bring the stock back to a boil. If there isn't enough stock to cover the ducks, add the hottest tap water to cover. If the ducks float to the top, place a plate on top to keep them immersed. When the stock comes back to a boil, lower the heat and simmer the ducks in the stock for 45 minutes.
When the ducks are finished simmering, skim off enough duck fat from the top of the stock to pour a film on the bottom of a 14 by 18 by 3-inch roasting pan. This will keep the ducks from sticking when they roast. Carefully take the ducks out of the stock, holding them over the pot to drain. Place them in the roasting pan, pat the skin dry with paper towels, and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon of salt and the pepper. If you have time, allow the ducks to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes to allow the skin to dry.
Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 500 degrees F. (Be sure your oven is very clean or it will smoke!) Roast the ducks for 30 minutes. You can glaze the duck with the sauce for the last 5 minutes of cooking. Remove from the oven and allow them to rest, covered with aluminum foil, for 20 minutes. If there is some liquid in the cavity, add some to the sauce. Serve warm.
14 oz orange marmalade
1 cup duck broth
1 cube chicken bouillon
1/2 tsp. Kitchen Bouquet
1 TB cognac
1 tsp sherry vinegar
Salt and Pepper
After you boil the ducks, take 1 cup of the broth and set aside. Add the neck and innards and 1 chicken cube and boil down until reduced by half. In another saucepan, add the orange marmalade and cook at medium low until it dissolves a little. Add about 1/2 cup of the reduced duck broth bring to a boil and cook for about 10 minutes stirring occasionally. Add salt, pepper, the Kitchen Bouquet, the sherry vinegar and the cognac, stirring after each addition. Set aside until ready to use. Warm up on medium heat and if needed, add some leftover duck broth to soften consistency.
*You might want to add 1-2 TB of butter to the sauce and mix right before serving
4 cups of duck broth, degreased
1 chicken bouillon
1/2 Cup chopped onions
1/2 Cup chopped celery
1 TB butter
2 Cups brown and wild rice
Salt and pepper
Saute the onion and celery in the butter. Add the duck broth with 1 cube of chicken bouillon. Bring to a boil. Add the rice and salt and pepper to taste. Cook in low heat until done, about 45 minutes.