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15 Holiday duck recipes for delectable dinner parties

Marnely Rodriguez-Murray is the author of the food blog Cooking with Books. A graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, she has worked as an overnight bread baker in Colorado and a chocolate maker in Virginia. She currently resides ...

Make the perfect holiday bird for your dinner table with these delicious duck recipes

Create a new holiday tradition this year by serving duck at your table. Not only is it an elegant way to impress your guests, but it's quite tasty as well.

Whether you're making an entire roast duck, cooking up some duck legs, shredding some duck meat into risotto or pasta or just rendering duck fat to cook some fries in, duck is always a great idea. We've rounded up some creatively delicious recipes that will have you wondering why you had forgotten all about duck — it's the new chicken!

1. Roasted duck legs with porter-cherry sauce recipe

Make the perfect holiday bird for your dinner table with these delicious duck recipes

Blog: The Beeroness

Serve up these roasted duck legs with porter-cherry sauce as a weekend dinner for a special someone. Duck legs are rich and flavorful, cooking up with crisp skin.

2. Roast duck with rum recipe

Make the perfect holiday bird for your dinner table with these delicious duck recipes

Blog: Tori Avey

Replace the traditional holiday ham with this roast duck with rum. It's a gorgeous centerpiece for your dinner table.

3. Crispy duck legs with braised vegetables recipe

Make the perfect holiday bird for your dinner table with these delicious duck recipes

Blog: All Day I Dream about Food

This recipe for crispy duck legs with braised vegetables is a two-in-one recipe: You get the main dish and sides all ready in one cast-iron pan. Such a time-saver.

4. Roast duck breast with black truffle cream sauce recipe

Make the perfect holiday bird for your dinner table with these delicious duck recipes

Blog: The Little Kitchen

If you can score some gorgeous black truffles, then this recipe for roast duck breast with black truffle cream sauce is to be saved for those times when you'll need to impress your guests.

5. Roast duck with herb-infused compound butter recipe

Make the perfect holiday bird for your dinner table with these delicious duck recipes

Another great centerpiece, this roast duck with herb-infused compound butter will make your holiday table shine. Plus there's dark meat, white meat and crispy skin — a little something for everyone.

6. Duck with raspberry sauce recipe

Make the perfect holiday bird for your dinner table with these delicious duck recipes

Blog: Laylita's Recipes

The sweetness of fresh raspberries pairs perfectly with the gaminess of the duck in this delicate duck with raspberry sauce recipe.

7. Seared duck breast salad with raspberry vinaigrette recipe

Make the perfect holiday bird for your dinner table with these delicious duck recipes

Blog: All Day I Dream about Food

Instead of serving duck hot, make this room-temperature seared duck breast salad with raspberry vinaigrette — a perfect healthy option.

8. Pan-seared duck breasts with clementines recipe

Make the perfect holiday bird for your dinner table with these delicious duck recipes

Blog: That Skinny Chick Can Bake

Enjoy the gorgeous winter citrus by making these pan-seared duck breasts with clementines or any other citrus you have available, like grapefruit, oranges or even Meyer lemons.

9. 20-Minute duck breasts with pomegranate sauce recipe

Make the perfect holiday bird for your dinner table with these delicious duck recipes

Blog: Sunday Supper Movement

Who says duck takes a long time to cook? Not with this recipe for 20-minute duck breasts with pomegranate sauce.

10. Roast duck with orange sauce recipe

Make the perfect holiday bird for your dinner table with these delicious duck recipes

Blog: The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen

A classic French recipe, roast duck with orange sauce is a delicious dish to serve on cold winter nights. The bright orange flavor will wake up your senses.

11. Crispy duck with star anise and squash recipe

Make the perfect holiday bird for your dinner table with these delicious duck recipes

Blog: Healthy Delicious

Star anise really warms up this recipe for crispy duck with star anise and squash. Grab whatever seasonal and local squash is available to you.

12. Duck confit on India pale ale potato cakes with stout-pomegranate sauce recipe

Make the perfect holiday bird for your dinner table with these delicious duck recipes

Blog: The Beeroness

There's nothing more decadent than duck confit, like in this duck confit on India pale ale potato cakes with stout-pomegranate sauce recipe.

13. Duck confit spring rolls recipe

Make the perfect holiday bird for your dinner table with these delicious duck recipes

Blog: Eat the Love

Oh dear, these duck confit spring rolls have got us drooling.

14. Carrot habanero duck meatballs recipe

Make the perfect holiday bird for your dinner table with these delicious duck recipes

Blog: The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen

Sweet and spicy, these carrot habanero duck meatballs are awesome when served on steamed rice.

15. Tea-smoked duck fettuccine recipe

Make the perfect holiday bird for your dinner table with these delicious duck recipes

Blog: Foxes Love Lemons

This tea-smoked duck fettuccine is a great idea when you want to treat yourself to a delicious meal.

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More duck recipes

Cook once, eat all week: Roasted duck recipe turns into soup and salad leftovers
Crispy spiced duck breast with orange sauce
Pan-seared duck breast

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