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Julia Child's Stuffed Duck

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Julia Child's Stuffed Duck
  • Prep Time 1 hr 30 min
  • Total Time 3 hr 0 min
  • Servings 4
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Julia Child's Stuffed Duck

This is a much easier version of stuffed duck in pastry made famous by Julia Child. When I say much easier, I mean it takes about 3 hours instead of 7.

Ingredients

1/2
pound ground pork
4
slices bacon
1
bunch scallions
1
tablespoon truffle oil
1
tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1
egg
2
duck legs
2
duck breasts
2
Pillsbury™ Refrigerated Pie Crusts

Directions

  • 1 Chop the bacon and scallions. Mix the pork with the bacon, scallions, truffle oil, Worcestershire, egg, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  • 2 Remove the bone from the duck legs. Working from the flesh side, being careful not to cut through the skin, run your knife along the leg bone until you are able to fully remove it.
  • 3 Place the breasts and legs skin side down onto a sheet of plastic wrap, alternating breast and leg. Place another sheet of plastic on top. Pound the duck meat lightly to thin it out. You want the duck to sort of form one full sheet of meat. It wont be attached, so don't worry about that.
  • 4 Remove the top sheet of plastic and pull the bottom sheet tight. Place a log of filling onto the middle of the duck. Use the plastic to wrap the duck around the filling and seal it tight. Again, use the plastic to tighten the duck log. Spin the ends and make sure it is really tight. Place this into the fridge for 45 minutes to an hour.
  • 5 Very gently, take the duck and pork log out of the plastic and place it directly onto the baking sheet. Bake the duck at 500°F for about 20 minutes to brown the skin. Keep your eye on it and get the vent going, because there will be smoke.
  • 6 While the duck cools, place the two pie crusts on the counter slightly overlapping in the middle. Roll the crusts out to combine and form a nice big rectangle. Carefully place the duck onto the pie crust and roll the crust around the meat very tightly. Overlap and seal on the bottom and make sure to tuck in the ends.
  • 7 Bake the whole thing for 45 minutes at 350°F until lightly browned and cooked through.
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Julia Child's original recipe for Christmas stuffed duck takes a long time. This one's shorter, but it's just as delicious.

As prepared by The Food in my Beard,

If you've never made duck before, try this classic recipe made famous by Julia Child.

Tackling a beast of a recipe like Julia Child’s Pate De Canard En Croute (the French title for this dish) can be very intimidating. That’s why I'm here...to guide you through harder recipes and make them easier and more approachable.

For the original recipe, one of the hardest parts is deboning a whole duck. I have done this a few times, and let me tell you, it is not only an hour of hard work, it's completely unnecessary in this day and age.

After you debone a duck you are left with two breasts and two legs that are held together only by a thick layer of fat. It makes a lot more sense just to buy the breasts and legs already separated and then do our best to stick ‘em back together!

I cut this recipe down from 7 hours to about 3, and I think anyone could make it. So if you're feeling adventurous this holiday season, give this recipe a try!

 

Julia Child's Stuffed Duck

First, mix the stuffing ingredients. Julia's recipe has veal, pork, pork fat, and canned truffles. I went with more common and modern ingredients to create a similar flavor profile.

 

Julia Child's Stuffed Duck

Here are the separate pieces instead of the whole duck. You still have to take the bone out of the legs, but it’s pretty easy. If you wanted to do this recipe with just the boneless breasts, that would be fine too!

 

Julia Child's Stuffed Duck

Lay your duck skin-side down in a single layer between sheets of plastic wrap, and lightly beat it with a kitchen mallet or a rolling pin to make it thinner and seem like a cohesive layer.

 

Julia Child's Stuffed Duck

Put your stuffing mixture down the center and use the plastic wrap to roll it up.

 

Julia Child's Stuffed Duck

Twist the ends to really tighten this thing, and toss it into the freezer for 45 minutes.

 

Julia Child's Stuffed Duck

Very gently, place it seam-side down on a foil-lined baking sheet, and pop it into the oven at 500ºF. Keep your eye on this thing, because the fat likes to sizzle and pop and there will be some smoke.

 

Julia Child's Stuffed Duck

It's nicely browned. Now put this onto the pastry and roll it up.

 

Julia Child's Stuffed Duck

After baking, let it rest for at least a half hour.

 

Julia Child's Stuffed Duck

Yum! Juicy, ducky, bacony goodness.

 

Julia Child's Stuffed Duck

Serve with some simple cooked veggies for a tasty and festive meal.

  

Dan Whalen has never put 7 hours into a recipe... except maybe turducken. He has been blogging for over 5 years at The Food in My Beard. Check Dan's Tablespoon profile often to try his recipes with creative international spins!

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