Delicious roasted whole duck, crispy skin and a rich duck-flavoured gravy made from the giblets… this Easy Peasy Roast Duck and Duck Gravy recipe is a great alternative to your usual Sunday roast… or why not try roast duck instead of roast turkey on Christmas day? (Serves 4-6, depending on appetite.)
Preheat your oven to 220C / 200C fan / gas mark 7 / 425F.
Remove the pack of duck giblets from the duck and place the whole duck onto a rack in a roasting tin. Prick the duck skin all over with a fork and scatter over a little salt and pepper.
Place the duck into your preheated oven and roast for 1 hour 10 minutes. (Or until cooked to your liking.)
Rest for 15 minutes, then carve and serve. (Don’t cover while resting or the skin will lose its crispiness!)
Easy Duck Giblet Gravy
Remove the duck giblets from the packet and place in a medium saucepan.
Add the onions, carrots, celery, parsley, bay leaves, peppercorns and cold water.
Bring to the boil, then turn down very low, cover with a lid, and simmer for 1 hour. Strain into a clean saucepan. (I use a sieve to do this.)
In a jug, mix together the cornflour, chicken stock cube and a little water to make a paste. Add the strained stock and stir.
When the duck has come out of the oven and is resting, pour the stock / cornflour mix into the empty duck roasting tray and stir to combine the duck gravy with all the duck juices and duck fat.
Tip this mixture back into the saucepan, bring to the boil and then simmer until it reaches your preferred consistency. (If it is too thick for you, thin with a little boiling hot water from the kettle.)
Pour the gravy into a fat separator jug and leave to stand for 5 minutes then either serve the gravy in the fat separator jug or pour the gravy into a nice serving jug / gravy boat, taking care to leave the fat in the fat separator jug. (See Note 1.)
If you do not have a fat separator jug, you have 2 choices. Either skim off the fat in the roasting tray first before pouring in the stock/cornflour mix OR just accept the fact that your gravy will be a little fatty!
Suitable for freezing.
Nutrition information is approximate and meant as a guideline only.