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Old 02-08-2020, 06:08 AM
 
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Duck is very fatty and rich, so I would go with something like roasted turnips that have a slight bitterness to them as a counterpoint, and sprinkle some fried onion bits on top for a crunchy note.
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Old 02-08-2020, 07:25 AM
 
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The mention of faro made me remember the pearl barley "risotto" I've made several times. My DH likes this much more than regular risotto as he's not all that fond of rice.
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Old 02-08-2020, 07:35 AM
 
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Can I come over for the leftovers. I'll just wait in the garage. I promise I'll be real good.
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Old 02-08-2020, 10:06 AM
 
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Usually when I cook a duck (I raised ducks, so had ducks to cook), I made duck and avocado tacos.


Duck and nice ripe avocados are one of those magic flavor combinations. If you don't want to make duck tacos, maybe an avocado salad with some sort of vinegar dressing to cut the fattiness of the duck and a fairly plain rice. Duck is rich so you don't want to serve it with a bunch of rich side dishes.


Be sure to carefully save all the dripping so you can make duck fries. As far as I am concerned duck fries are the real reason to roast a duck. They are fairly easy to make.


Slice fresh potatoes into fries, coat with duck fat, and bake in the oven until they are done.


I love them so much, I even bought a french fry cutter so I would have even sized potatoes.
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Old 02-08-2020, 12:21 PM
 
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Favorite side dish is peeled potato quarters roasted in oil until they are soft on the inside and crispy brown on the outside.
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On Valentines weekend I plan to prepare a roast duck dinner for my boyfriend. The recipe I have is from a book he gave me for Christmas: "Downton Abbey Cookbook." The recipe calls for the duck to be roasted plain and served on a bed of homemade applesauce, with currant gravy on the side.

What would you serve as sides with this dish? I was thinking brown and wild rice with pecans, but I've made that for him several times previously. Should I stick with that since he likes it, or would you suggest something else for a starchy side?

What vegetable dish would you suggest I serve with this duck?

I'd love to hear some new ideas. Thanks!

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Old 02-08-2020, 04:12 PM
 
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Duck is very greasy so i wouldn't serve any thing else fatty with it. Sweet things go well with it.

Turnips, potatoes and carrots mashed in together or served as chunks together in the same dish.

Roasted sweet yams with brown sugar, or basted with maple syrup (!!!). Sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg, or just for something different, allspice. Do not mash this to servem unless you really want to.

Green beans and mushroom soup casserole. oh to die for.

Crunchy noodle oriental salad.

Spinach and mandarin salad.


Squash.
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Old 02-08-2020, 09:31 PM
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Maybe sliced baby potatoes with diced onion and red bell pepper - all pan roasted with some oil (maybe some butter, too?)

Oven roasted baby carrots (a bit of oil, garlic salt and cracked black pepper)?
This would be my choice. Yum.

Roast duck is sort of a hearty country food. The taters and carrots and onion fit right in with that.
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Old 02-08-2020, 09:44 PM
 
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I serve duck with bread or potato dumplings and braised red cabbage with red wine and apples.
I was thinking of spaetzle noodles and red cabbage. You need something acidic to cut through all of the fat.
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Old 02-08-2020, 09:52 PM
 
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Spatzle. Red cabbage.
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Old 02-08-2020, 09:53 PM
 
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I was thinking of spaetzle noodles and red cabbage. You need something acidic to cut through all of the fat.
Ha I did not see this before posting but we obviously think alike.
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