Roasted Duck with Pomegranate Glaze

Roasted Duck with Pomegranate Glaze

Serves 8 to 10
Roasted duck is one of the richest, most elegant main courses you can serve at your holiday table. And the tart pomegranate glaze used in this recipe gives the meat a juicy sweetness you won't soon forget.
  • 3 cups pomegranate juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 (4- to 5-pound) whole ducks, necks and giblets removed
  • 1 lemon, Juice of
  • 2 1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 small white or yellow onions, halved
  • 4 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • Pomegranate seeds for garnish (optional)
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Combine pomegranate juice and sugar in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Cook, stirring frequently, until glaze is thick and reduced to about 1 1/4 cups, 45 to 50 minutes, lowering heat as needed to prevent burning. Remove from heat.

Preheat the oven to 450°F. Rub ducks inside and out with lemon juice and sprinkle inside and out with salt and pepper. Place 1 onion and 2 rosemary sprigs in each duck cavity. Tuck wings under backs of ducks and tie legs together with kitchen string. Place on a rack in a large roasting pan. Roast until skin is browned, about 15 minutes.  

Remove pan from oven, lower temperature to 375°F and prick duck skin all over with a fork. Baste ducks with pomegranate glaze and continue roasting, basting with glaze about every 10 minutes. (If a lot of fat accumulates on the bottom of the roasting pan, spoon some of it out during cooking.) Roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted into thickest part of thigh, without touching bone, reads 180°F and into breast reads 170°F, 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes total. Let ducks rest for 10 minutes to allow juices to settle and then baste again.

Carve ducks and transfer to a large serving platter. Garnish with pomegranate seeds, if using. Serve any leftover glaze on the side.
Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving: 680 calories (440 from fat), 49g total fat, 17g saturated fat, 145mg cholesterol, 620mg sodium, 25g carbohydrates, 33g protein.
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