Roast duck with tortilla wraps

Reposting a recipe originally published on December 20, 2010. I know that some of you are already thinking about Christmas and New Year. And for those who celebrate Thanksgiving but prefer the more succulent duck to the bland turkey, here is an idea.

We’re hosting a family party between Christmas and New Year, we’re going potluck, and Speedy and I agreed that our contribution would be a whole roast turkey. We’ll serve it a la pritchon this time. Along with the turkey, we’ll have tortillas, cucumber, leeks and a variety of sauces. The turkey will be sliced and each guest can wrap his turkey slice with a tortilla halve and garnish it with cucumber and leeks and his chosen sauce.

Roast duck with tortilla wraps

To make sure that everything will turn out perfectly for the party, we had a little dry run last Saturday. I roasted a duck which is the right size for a family of four, and served it exactly the way I intend to serve the turkey at the party.

Roast duck with tortilla wraps

That’s the duck I roasted. No brining necessary because duck meat is naturally flavorful.

No guessing game — I used a meat thermometer and inserted it at the thigh. As soon as the temperature registered 160C, I turned the oven off and took out the duck to rest.

Meanwhile, I made three sauces.

The first was a spicy peanut sauce. I mixed together peanut butter, hot water, hoisin sauce, lemon juice, salt and chili flakes.

Then, the garlicky mayo — mayo, lemon juice, grated garlic, salt and finely chopped parsley.

Finally, the honey-mustard sauce which is really just a combination of honey, mustard and a bit of lemon juice.

Roast duck with tortilla wraps

A couple of minutes before dinner, I peeled and sliced a cucumber, julienned the white portion of four stalks of leeks and arranged them on a plate. I halved the tortillas and heated them in the microwave for two minutes and dinner was served. My family loved the roast duck and how it was served. We finished the 2.5 kilogram duck.

Cooking time (duration): 30 minutes, excluding the roasting time for the duck

Number of servings (yield): 4 to 6

Meal type: dinner

  • Beth

    Great idea! Did you put any other seasoning before you roasted the duck?do you leave the thermometer inserted in the thighs as you roast the duck?

    • Connie

      It’ll all there in the entry, Beth. :)

  • Joy

    Hmmm That looks wonderful.

  • uberdoog

    A meat thermometer, eh? Gotta get me one of those. Shame I don’t have one.

    • Connie

      Works wonders especially if the oven hasn’t been calibrated in years.

  • dyosamom

    Wow! 2.5 kilos for 4?? I bet that was a great dry run Ms. Connie! :)

    • Connie

      LOL It was! In the middle of it all, I had to run back to the kitchen for more tortillas and cucumber.

  • dyosamom

    For the honey mustard dip, can I use the other kind of mustard? not sure if the name was French’s or Frenchie’s?? I am really not familiar with the kinds of mustard. Thanks!

    • Connie

      You’re talking of brands. I suggest you try different kinds of mustard first then decide which goes well with honey.

  • Kikay

    Connie. Don’t have a thermometer but want to try this out. How long did it take you to cook the duck?

    • Connie

      A little less than two hours.

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  • peasmom

    How did you slice the duck?

    • Connie Veneracion

      Just like a Peking duck. Skin first.

  • Laura Dembowski

    I am dying to roast a duck. I’ve never had duck but it sounds so good and looks very impressive.

    • Connie Veneracion

      And I’m dying to roast a goose. If only I can find one… :D