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Roast Duck Recipe with Pineapple

This Roast Duck Recipe with Pineapple is savory and sweet, with a tangy orange and vinegar sauce to top it off.

From "Dressing & Cooking Wild Game"
February 2015

  • Roast duck
    Pineapple is the perfect complement to savory roast duck served on a bed of rice and vegetables.
    Photo by Fotolia/Oran Tantapakul
  • Dressing & Cooking Wild Game
    "Dressing & Cooking Wild Game," by Teresa Marrone, is a complete guide to field dressing and cooking great-tasting big game, small game, upland birds and waterfowl. Color photographs, step-by-step instructions, and nutritional information make this book essential to preparing meals as memorable as the hunts that made them possible.
    Cover courtesy Voyageur Press
  • Roast duck
  • Dressing & Cooking Wild Game

Total Hands-On Time: 2 hr 30 min

Preparation Time: 45 min

Cook Time: 1 hr 45 min

Yield: 8 servings

Wild game is richer in flavor and lower in fat and calories than domestic meat, but cooking it successfully can be a challenge. With the step-by-step instructions in Dressing & Cooking Wild Game (Voyageur Press, 2014), by Teresa Marrone, you can ensure great-tasting dishes after every hunting expedition, from properly field dressing your game to choosing a preparation that suits it. The following recipe is from “Waterfowl: Recipes.”

When you’re expecting company, this is a good recipe to prepare. Follow the serving suggestion at the bottom of the recipe, then set the platter out on a buffet table.


• 4 mallards or other large wild ducks, or 6 to 8 smaller wild ducks, skin on or skinned
• 2 quarts water
• 3/4 pound mild pork sausage
• 1 cup chopped green pepper
• 3/4 cup chopped celery
• 1/3 cup chopped onion
• 4 cups cooked white, brown, or mixed rice
• 1 can (20 ounces) crushed pineapple, drained
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1/4 teaspoon pepper
• 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
• 1/4 cup white wine

For the sauce:

• 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
• 2 tablespoons cornstarch
• 1-1/2 cups fresh orange juice
• 1/4 cup granulated sugar
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• Dash pepper


1. In Dutch oven, combine ducks and water. Heat to boiling.

2. Reduce heat. Simmer 45 minutes for large ducks, 30 minutes for smaller ducks.

3. Drain, reserving broth. Set ducks aside. Skim fat and strain broth. Reserve 1 cup broth for sauce. Save remaining broth for use in other recipes.

4. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 13 × 9-inch baking pan; set aside.

5. In large skillet, cook and stir sausage, green pepper, celery, and onion over medium heat until sausage is brown and vegetables are tender. Drain.

6. In large mixing bowl, combine sausage mixture, rice, pineapple, salt, and pepper. Mix well.

7. Stuff ducks lightly. Spoon remaining rice mixture into baking pan. Arrange ducks on rice.

8. In small saucepan, combine brown sugar and wine. Heat to boiling, stirring occasionally.

9. Brush ducks with wine mixture.

10. Bake until ducks are deep golden brown, about 1-1/4 hours for large ducks, 45 minutes for smaller ducks, brushing with wine mixture occasionally. While ducks are baking, prepare sauce.

To make sauce:

1. In medium saucepan, blend vinegar and cornstarch.

2. Blend in reserved broth and remaining sauce ingredients.

3. Heat to boiling over medium-high heat, stirring constantly. Boil 1 minute.

4. Serve sauce with ducks and rice.

Serving Suggestion: If desired, set cooked ducks aside to cool slightly. Remove rice stuffing from ducks; add to rice mixture in baking pan, or combine on serving platter. Slice breast and thigh meat from ducks. Arrange over rice mixture.

More from Dressing & Cooking Wild Game:

How to Cook Wild Game Meat
Peppered Antelope Roast Recipe
Grilled Deer Loin Recipe with Brown Sugar Glaze
Squirrel Brunswick Stew Recipe
Cornbread Casserole Recipe with Doves

Reprinted with permission from Dressing & Cooking Wild Game by Teresa Marrone and published by Voyageur Press, 2014.

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