First appeared on the primal desire: Roast Duck with Cherry Rosemary Sauce.
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 4–6 sprigs fresh rosemary
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup salt
- 1 duck
- The brine was adapted from Scott Leysath
- Remove organs, if any are included. (These can be kept for duck stock)
- Rough up the rosemary to release the oils (I used a rolling pin) until you can smell the rosemary explosion.
- Combine olive oil with orange juice, rosemary, and salt in a Ziplock freezer bag large enough to hold the duck.
- Shake it up a bit and then add the duck. Squeeze out extra air, seal bag, and put in the fridge for 1.5-2.5 hours.
- When ready to cook, preheat oven to 325 F. In a roasting pan, line the bottom with the sprigs of rosemary from the brine, and place duck on top, breast up.
- Use a meat thermometer (make sure it’s an oven-safe one, not a digital one that you have to keep reaching in to use. That’s just a pain). This will save you from guessing if our bird is done – duck is just too good to mess up. Internal temperature should be 165 F. This should take around 60-80 minutes (depending on your bird) – until the skin is brown and crispy.
- If you need to brown up the skin a little more, use the broiler, but for the love of everything good, do not forget about it and burn the skin! If you’re busy with side dishes, set a time for every few minutes to check on it. Seriously.
- Prep Time: 1.5-2.5 hours (brine)
- Cook Time: 60-80 min
- Method: Oven