Our Favorite Holiday Duck and Goose Recipes

Our Favorite Holiday Duck and Goose Recipes
Serve this pan-seared teal recipe with a green salad and roasted squash. (Jenny Nguyen-Wheatley photo)

We've compiled a collection of delicious duck and goose recipes that will "wow!" your guests this holiday season.

Pan-Seared Teal With Tart Cherries Recipe

Waterfowl and fruit go together so well, and tart cherries are a nice complement to a duck's fattiness and dark flavor.

Ingredients:

  • 1 whole teal duck, skin on
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 10 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 5 sprigs rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Splash of brandy, cognac or whisky
  • ¾ cup dried, pitted tart cherries
  • ¾ cup unsalted beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons cold salted butter

Get the Recipe: Pan-Seared Teal With Tart Cherries Recipe



Grilled Goose Breasts With Chestnut Stuffing Recipe

Grilled Goose Breasts with Chestnut Stuffing Recipe
Serve these grilled goose breasts with chestnut stuffing and a vegetable of your choice. (Jacques Haeringer photo)

Chef Jacques Haeringer shows you how to prepare his mouthwatering grilled goose breasts with chestnut stuffing.

Chestnut Stuffing Ingredients:


  • 1 pound fresh chestnuts
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • ½ pound pork shoulder, cubed
  • ½ pound veal, cubed
  • ½ pound pork belly, cubed
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup dried bread
  • ½ cup milk
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon minced garlic

Goose Ingredients:

  • 4 wild goose breasts
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground pepper

Get the Recipe: Grilled Goose Breasts With Chestnut Stuffing Recipe


Seared Duck in Sweet Guinness Honey Sauce Recipe

Seared Duck in Sweet Guinness Honey Sauce Recipe
Seared Duck in Sweet Guinness Honey Sauce Recipe (Steven Rinella photo)

Slices of seared duck breast are drizzled in a wonderful, sweet Guinness honey sauce.

Ingredients:

  • 2 plucked mallard breasts
  • 1 cup Guinness Stout Beer
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ⅛ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon fresh, chopped thyme
  • 8 whole cloves
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 cup stock
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil

Get the Recipe: Seared Duck in Sweet Guinness Honey Sauce Recipe


Wild Goose Stew Recipe

Wild Goose Stew Recipe
This wild goose recipe can serve up to 10 people, making it the perfect dish for your next family gathering. (Jacques Haeringer photo)

Share this dish with friends and family during the holiday season.

Wild Goose Stew Ingredients:

  • 3 ½ to 4 pounds goose breasts
  • 5 tablespoons oil
  • 1 cup lardons (bacon sliced ¼-inch thick by 1 inch long)
  • ¼ cup chopped onions
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 to 3 cups marinade
  • Salt and freshly-ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cognac
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons finely-chopped fresh thyme
  • 3 bay leaves

Marinade Ingredients:

  • 3 cups full-bodied red wine
  • 1 cup sliced onions
  • 1 cup coarsely sliced carrots
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper
  • 2 cloves
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
  • Pinch of thyme

Get the Recipe: Wild Goose Stew Recipe


Orange and Soy Roast Duck Legs With Risotto Recipe

Orange and Soy Roast Duck Legs with Risotto Recipe
Orange and Soy Roast Duck Legs with Risotto Recipe (Tom Minchella photo)

Serve these orange and soy roasted duck legs with a buttery and cheesy risotto.

Ingredients:

  • 4 duck legs
  • 1⁄3 cup fresh orange juice
  • ⅛ cup soy sauce
  • Salt and pepper

Get the Recipe: Orange and Soy Roast Duck Legs With Risotto Recipe


Goose Breast With Cranberries Recipe

Goose Breast with Cranberries Recipe
Hank Shaw shares his delicious Goose Breast with Cranberries Recipe. (Hank Shaw photo)

Follow these guidelines and you'll be shocked at how wonderful the Lords of the Air can be on the table.

Ingredients:

  • 1 to 1 ½ pounds duck or goose breast
  • Salt (smoked salt if you have it)
  • ⅓ cup unsalted butter
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 1 heaping cup of cranberries
  • ½ cup fresh rosemary, (loosely packed) little bunches on stem
  • 1 tablespoon honey or brown sugar
  • Pickled mustard seeds (optional)

Get the Recipe: Goose Breast With Cranberries Recipe


Easy Orange Duck Recipe

Easy Orange Duck Recipe
This Easy Orange Duck Recipe is designed for even the busiest of wildfowl cooks out there. (Jenny Nguyen-Wheatley photo)

Duck à l’orange is a classic French dish, but if you make the sauce from scratch, it can become time consuming. Here’s a simplified version that is just as good: use store-bought stock instead of having to cook down a duck carcass, and use orange marmalade instead of fresh. Choose a good marmalade, one with pieces of zest in it, for a more concentrated orange taste.

Serve this Easy Orange Duck Recipe with gewürztraminer, pinot noir, merlot, and Beaujolais.

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium ducks (e.g. wood duck) or 1 large duck (e.g. mallard), skin on
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Freshly-cracked black pepper, to taste
  • Paprika, to taste
  • Olive oil
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • ¼ cup of dry sherry/brandy/cognac
  • ½ cup of chicken stock
  • 3 tablespoons of orange marmalade
  • 1 sprig of fresh thyme, plus extra
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon juice or white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of butter

Get the Recipe: Easy Orange Duck Recipe

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