Pressed Duck: White House

Serves: 6
Total Calories: 12
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3 (4-pound) oven-ready ducks
1/2 cup duck consomme
1 1/2 cups port wine
1 1/2 cups cognac
3 lemons, juiced
salt to taste
freshly ground black pepper to taste


First prepare a consommé from the duck wings, necks, gizzards, and hearts. Put them in a saucepan with 2 cups water, 1 onion, 1 tablespoon chopped parsley, and 1 teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil and reduce the heat and simmer for 20–30 minutes. Strain and save the stock.

Roast the ducks in a hot oven (425°F) for 30 minutes. Crush the duck livers and put them into a chafing dish with port and cognac. Cut the duck breasts into thin slices and put them in the chafing dish. Cut off the legs and set them aside. Crush the carcasses in a duck press to extract the juices. Pour duck consommé through the press. Pour the juices and consommé over the duck slices, livers, and the wine and cognac. Add the lemon juice.

Cook in the chafing dish over a high flame for 20–25 minutes, stirring briskly until the sauce becomes thick and chocolate colored. Salt and pepper the pressed duck to taste. Serve hot.

Broil the legs under medium heat for 10 minutes. Serve them separately as a second course.

Nutritional Facts:

Serves: 6
Total Calories: 12
Calories from Fat: 0

This Pressed Duck: White House recipe is from the Secrets from the White House Kitchens Cookbook. Download this Cookbook today.

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