Recipes using cooked duck
August 20, 2013 4:48 PM   Subscribe

We had a Roast Duck for dinner last night, but we still have half a duck left! What are some not too complicated recipes that I could make using the extra meat / skin / bones.
posted by jonathanstrange to Food & Drink (16 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
duck fat! omg render the duck fat!

you can pull all the meat off the bones and make all sorts of lovely things with it (salads, "pulled" duck sandwiches, etc.)
posted by lonefrontranger at 4:50 PM on August 20, 2013

oh as far as actual recipes: duck tacos. It's worth noting you could substitute other sweet fruit / salty cheese types in there if you don't want to bother shopping high gourmet, like sub in mandarins / orange for the cherries, and feta or manchego for the goat cheese, etc.
posted by lonefrontranger at 4:53 PM on August 20, 2013

This recipe calls for half a cooked duck.

The curry paste takes a bit of work, but you'll have more than half left over for future use and it lasts a good few weeks in the fridge.

I've made this recipe with fish, not duck, and it was absolutely delicious.
posted by prettypretty at 4:54 PM on August 20, 2013

I've made Paleo Duck Hash in Crispy Lettuce Wraps a bunch of times and it's divine - enough so that I usually skip the wraps and shovel it straight from the pan into my face.
posted by restless_nomad at 4:57 PM on August 20, 2013 [1 favorite]

San choy bau would be ideal and reserve the bones for soup. Or go Thai and make a duck curry with either pineapple or lychee. Mmmmmm...
posted by ninazer0 at 4:58 PM on August 20, 2013

Best answer: I'd make a soup with the bones and bits, slice the rest of the meat, get some egg noodles and chou - roast duck noodle soup. Delicious!
posted by mooza at 5:06 PM on August 20, 2013

There's a place near me that does duck pad thai. It's pad thai, but with duck in it, and its really tasty.
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants at 5:08 PM on August 20, 2013 [1 favorite]

I would totally add it to a salad. Currently waxing nostalgic for a place that had the best duck salad with strawberries...
posted by ansate at 5:08 PM on August 20, 2013

I'd make a stew, boil the bones, fish them out after awhile, add some potatoes, lima beans, tomatoes, carrots, onions, celery and the meat and voila, stew! We routinely do this with leftover duck and rabbit, it's tasty.
posted by julie_of_the_jungle at 5:24 PM on August 20, 2013

posted by canoehead at 5:54 PM on August 20, 2013

Best answer: I would make some sort of a cheater duck phở.

Take your duck, pick off the meat and set aside. Place the duck carcass in a small saucepan with about 2 quarts of water, plus half an onion (unpeeled), 1 star anise, 1/2 a cinnamon stick, some (unpeeled) sliced of ginger and a few peppercorns. If you feel like you don't have enough duck scraps, add some chicken bones or a bouillon cube. Bring to a boil and simmer for a few hours. Season with fish sauce to taste.

In a separate pot, prepare some rice noodles according to the package directions (usually boil for about 1 minute, more or less depending on thickness).

Portion out the noodles and reserved duck meat in several bowls, then pour the hot broth over it. Garnish with [Thai] basil, cilantro, mint, jalapeno slices, bean sprouts, and lime wedges.
posted by rossination at 5:55 PM on August 20, 2013 [1 favorite]

I'd put it in risotto with leek and cavolo nero or silverbeet. I'm not a fan of sweet/savoury in general, but if you are, you could do risotto with duck, cherries, toasted pine nuts and five spice.

If you're not a risotto expert, here's a good intro on basic risotto, to which you add other things. For the duck/leek/cavolo nero, you'd add the leek in with the onion, put the cavolo nero in with the first lot of stock so it has time to soften, add duck towards the end. For the duck/cherries/pine nuts, put the cherries and five spice in with the first lot of stock, duck towards the end and pine nuts at the very end or they'll soften and lose their bite.
posted by Athanassiel at 6:03 PM on August 20, 2013

How do you possibly have leftover duck? In my house we'd be licking the plates clean.

How about fried rice? Especially if you have leftover rice too. But don't keep cooked rice in the fridge beyond 1 day, it breeds bacteria like nobody's business.
posted by joz at 8:13 PM on August 20, 2013

Duck melts.

Slice apart two ciabattina rolls and flip them open. Put some (4-6 oz. worth of) shredded duck meat on the bottom side of each roll, top that meat with skin, then put sliced cheese (swiss is OK, but havarti or something similarly fatty is better) on the upturned top side of each roll. Broil on medium for a few minutes.

While they're broiling (or better yet, before you started so once you're ready to add them they're cooler and easier to handle), sautee some onions then set them aside.

I wait until I see a few wisps of smoke before I pull the sandwiches out from under the broiler. Then, pitch some of those onions on top of the bottom halves, slather the cheese-covered top halves w/dijon mustard, smush the halves together, and plate them.

Serve with a big green salad topped w/sliced avocado, sliced beefsteak tomatoes and vinegar and oil dressing.

posted by cog_nate at 8:19 PM on August 20, 2013

The British standby would be curried duck.
posted by beagle at 6:08 AM on August 21, 2013

I just noticed I wrote "chou" instead of "choy" - woops!
posted by mooza at 2:27 AM on August 22, 2013

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