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Duck with Cherry Sauce

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Bake: 2 hours + standing


4-5 servings

My mom prepared this golden tender roast duck often for Sunday dinner when I was growing up. It was one of my dad's favorite meals. The cheery cherry sauce stirs up easily and makes this main dish doubly delightful.


  • 1 domestic duckling (4 to 5 pounds)
  • 1 jar (12 ounces) cherry preserves
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • Bing cherries, star fruit and kale, optional


  1. Prick skin of duckling well and place breast side up on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Tie drumsticks together. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 2 to 2-1/2 hours or until juices run clear and a thermometer reads 180°. (Drain fat from pan as it accumulates.) Cover and let stand 20 minutes before carving.
  2. Meanwhile, for sauce, combine preserves and vinegar in a small saucepan. Cook and stir over medium heat until heated through. Serve with duck. Garnish platter with fruit and kale if desired.

Nutrition Facts

6 ounce-weight: 664 calories, 41g fat (14g saturated fat), 123mg cholesterol, 86mg sodium, 44g carbohydrate (41g sugars, 0 fiber), 28g protein.

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