Monday, December 28, 2009

Christmas Duck

Branching out a bit from the standard turkey or ham Christmas dinner, this year we decided to roast a duck. Natalie made a simple salt, pepper and paprika rub for duck and roasted it at 350 degrees for about 2 and a half hours. Meanwhile, I made my much beloved biscuit and cornbread dressing to go with it and asparagus with hollandaise sauce.

The dressing, which seems to have become a new holiday favorite in our household, is fairly simple:

• Make a skillet-sized cornbread and about nine good sized biscuits and crumble. This can be done the night before.
• Saute two to three medium sized diced sweet onions with one and a half to two cups of chopped celery in five to eight tablespoons of butter.
• When the onion and celery are softened, turn off the heat and let cool.
• Meanwhile, combine the cornbread and biscuit crumbs with five beaten eggs, two to four tablespoons of chopped fresh sage, salt and pepper.
• Add the cooled vegetables and finish with cool chicken stock to moisten.
• Cook in a 350 degree oven for 40 to 55 minutes, or golden brown.

Hope everyone had a great Christmas with their families and loved ones.