Recipe; Pomegranate-Glazed Roast Duck with Heirloom Beet & Arugula Salad
by Mariela Viader per Janet Viader
Viader, 12/19/13


Recipe: Pomegranate-Glazed Roast Duck with Heirloom Beet & Arugula Salad

Try this seasonal dish with our 2010 VIADER. Special offer available through January 15, 2014.

Ingredients for Duck

· 1 (2 1/2-pound) whole duck neck removed

· 3/4 cup pomegranate juice

· 1 TBS soy sauce

· 4 garlic cloves, smashed

· 1 cup water

· 1 TBS Flour

· 1 Bay leaf

Special equipment: kitchen string; an instant-read thermometer

Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 475°F.

Wash and dry duck, then "groom" it by removing any remaining feathers and quills with tweezers or needle nose pliers. Tie legs together using string, then tuck wings under body to secure.

Combine the pomegranate juice and soy sauce in a large sealable plastic bag and add duck. Marinate, chilled, 1 hour.

Transfer duck to a 13- by 9- by 3-inch roasting pan and reserve marinade. Stuff the garlic cloves in the cavity and season the cavity with salt. Roast 15 minutes. Meanwhile, pour marinade into a 1-quart saucepan and boil 1 minute and baste duck with marinade. Continue to roast duck until thermometer registers 155°F when inserted in meaty part of a thigh or 160°F in breast (do not touch bone), 15 to 20 minutes more.

While duck continues to roast, add 1 cup water to marinade in saucepan and bring to a boil. Put flour in a heatproof bowl and whisk in 1/4 cup marinade until smooth. Whisk flour mixture into remaining marinade in saucepan until combined well. Simmer over low heat, stirring occasionally, until thick enough to coat back of a spoon, about 3 minutes. Keep warm over low heat, stirring occasionally.

Remove duck from oven and let rest for 10 minutes before carving. (Duck will continue to cook, reaching 160°F at leg and 165°F at breast.)

Serve duck with sauce.


Ingredients for Roasted Beets

· 2 bunches heirloom red beets
· ½ cup sherry vinegar
· ½ cup orange juice
· Salt and pepper to taste
· 1 TBS extra virgin olive oil
· ½ cup crumbled goat cheese

While you have the duck marinating, cut the ends of the beets, rinse them and arrange them in a roasting dish so they are in a single layer. Add the sherry vinegar and orange juice, salt and pepper and cover with foil. Roast at a 350°F oven for 25-30min.

Remove from oven and let cool.  Once they are cool to the touch, peel with your fingers. The skin should come off easily.

Cut them in half, then in wedges.  Transfer to a bowl and add the arugula, and toss with the olive oil and salt and pepper. Arrange in a platter and sprinkle the crumbled goat cheese.


Recipe by Executive Chef Mariela Viader

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