Finish Roast Wild Duck

In Scandinavian countries Christmas is often made of spiced biscuits, a roast turkey or duck and finished by an almond rice pudding. So, the following recipe is a traditional wild duck recipe from Finland that a friend of mine was served on a Christmas day in the family of his girlfriend in Tampere.

Recipe for 6 people:
  • 1 wild duck of 1.2kg, trimmed and ready to roast
  • 50g butter
  • 6 slices of streaky bacon
  • 100g cranberries
  • 1 slice of died bread
  • 50g Aura blue cheese
  • 10cl creme fraiche
In a large cast iron pot, sear the duck on all sides until golden blond. Wrap it with the streaky bacon and put it to cook, cover and with a cup of water in a preheated oven at 200 degrees Celsius (390F) for about 40 minutes.

When the duck is cooked pour the cooking juice in a sauce pan, bring it to the boil. Add the cranberries and simmer for 5 minutes. Then, add the bread and the blue cheese. Cook for a couple of minute and then add the creme fraiche. Allow to simmer for 5 more minutes.

Carve the duck and place the meat on a hot tray, then pour the sauce over it, straining it as you go.

Serve with a nice mixed salad and few sauté potatoes.

Nut free, not suitable for pregnant women.