Roasted Duck Marinated In Mulled Wine

Are you looking for a truly impressive recipe to mark a special occasion? Then look no further, because our take on drunken duck will do the trick! We're marinating a whole duck in homemade, aromatic mulled wine, cooking it in the oven until the skin is extra crispy, and serving it with roasted vegetables and mulled wine gravy. Intrigued? Prepare yourself for the classiest dish of the season!

You'll Need:

For the mulled wine:

  • 2 bottles dry red wine
  • 1 orange
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 6 cloves
  • 4 star anise
  • 2 tbsp cane sugar
  • 2 tbsp honey

For the roasted duck & vegetables:

  • 1 duck, about 4-5 lbs
  • 2 lbs potatoes
  • 2 lbs carrots
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • rosemary sprigs
  • olive oil

For the mulled wine gravy:

  • ⅓ cup dried cranberries
  • ⅓ cup powdered sugar
  • 3 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1⅔ cups chicken broth
  • ⅔ cup mulled wine
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 tsp cranberry sauce (optional)

Here's How:

1. Prepare the mulled wine a day ahead. Add all the ingredients to a pot, bring to a boil, turn off the heat, let the mulled wine steep, and let cool. Marinate the duck in the mulled wine and refrigerate overnight.

2. The next day, remove the duck from the fridge and generously season with salt and pepper. Preheat the oven to 325°F and pour the mulled wine into a carafe. Place the carafe on a baking tray and place the duck upright on the carafe.

3. Peel the potatoes and carrots and cut them into ¾-inch thick pieces. Use festive cookie cutters to cut out themed pieces. Spread the vegetables around the carafe on the baking tray and drizzle olive oil over them. Add rosemary sprigs, season with salt and pepper, transfer the baking tray to the oven, and cook for 2 hours.

4. For the mulled wine gravy, caramelize the powdered sugar in a pot, add the dried cranberries, and deglaze with mulled wine from the carafe. Add the red wine vinegar, let the sauce reduce down a bit before, add the chicken broth, season with salt and pepper, and let everything boil down. 

This duck will definitely leave a lasting impression on anyone who sees and tastes it. The mulled wine marinade makes the duck super juicy and flavorful on the inside, and the skin gets extra crispy on the outside. This recipe is perfect for the holidays and well worth the extra effort!

Get the recipe for the Roasted Duck With Red Cabbage & Dumplings featured in the bonus video.


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