Orange Sauce for Duck

Serves: 2
Total Calories: 194


2 oranges, large, preferable navels
1/4 cup sugar
3 tablespoons water
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 1/2 cups chicken stock or rich duck stock or canned low-sodium chicken broth
1 tablespoon orange marmalade
1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons grand marnier or other orange liqueur
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


1. Finely grate enough zest off one of the oranges to make 1 teaspoon. Cut the remaining rind and all the white pith off this orange to expose the flesh. Working over a bowl to catch any juices, and using a sharp paring knife, make V-shaped cuts between the membranes to release neat segments. Set the segments aside, first removing any seeds with a fork. Juice the second orange: You should have about 2/3 cup juice in all.

2. Combine the sugar and water in a small, deep, heavy saucepan. Cover, set over high heat, and cook for 2 minutes. Uncover the pan, reduce the heat to medium-high, and cook until the sugar caramelizes (turns a deep golden brown), gently swirling the pan to ensure even cooking. This should take 6 to 8 minutes, but watch carefully-it can burn quickly. Remove the pan from the heat and add the vinegar. (Stand back: The sauce will emit a Vesuvian hiss, releasing eye-stinging vinegar vapors.) Return the mixture to low heat and simmer gently, whisking steadily, until the caramel is completely dissolved, 2 to 3 minutes.

3. Stir the orange juice and stock into the caramel mixture and bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook, uncovered, to reduce by half, 10 to 15 minutes. Reduce the heat to low and whisk in the orange marmalade. Simmer until melted, about 1 minute. Dissolve the cornstarch in the Grand Marnier and whisk this mixture into the sauce. Cook until the sauce thickens slightly, about 1 minute. Add the orange segments and remove from the heat. Season with salt and pepper. Serve or cover and refrigerate for up to 5 days.

Makes about 2 cups, enough for 2 ducks

Nutritional Facts:

Serves: 2
Total Calories: 194
Calories from Fat: 8

This Orange Sauce for Duck recipe is from the The Barbecue Bible Cookbook. Download this Cookbook today.

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