Only in Louisiana- A Cajun Wedding

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by E.L., Feb 3, 2007.

  1. E.L.

    E.L. Moderator of Lead Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

  2. snowbyrd

    snowbyrd Latet anguis in herba

    GOD Bless America

    I love this country [booze]
  3. Tracy

    Tracy Insatiably Curious Moderator Founding Member

    Do you suppose they were all wearing their formal camo?
  4. E.L.

    E.L. Moderator of Lead Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    I would say "yes" didn't you notice the obvious sight of Mossy Oak "Strawgrass" worn by numerous wedding guest? :oops:
  5. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

    Im suprised not to see any of my Family in those shots.
  6. ghostrider

    ghostrider Resident Poltergeist Founding Member

    Das' way down sout'.
  7. Seacowboys

    Seacowboys Senior Member Founding Member


    Until recently, we had always thought of duck à l'orange as a tired cliché of the 1960s, so it was a surprise to find out how delightful this old recipe actually is. We have reduced the original quantity of sugar and caramelized it (along with the aromatic vegetables which balance out the sweetness) for a rich sauce with layers of flavor. One thing that hasn't changed: Cooking a whole duck still feels wonderfully extravagant.
    For duck
    1 tablespoon kosher salt
    1 teaspoon ground coriander
    1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
    1 teaspoon black pepper
    1 (5- to 6-lb) Long Island duck (also called Pekin)
    1 juice orange, halved
    4 fresh thyme sprigs
    4 fresh marjoram sprigs
    2 fresh flat-leaf parsley sprigs
    1 small onion, cut into 8 wedges
    1/2 cup dry white wine
    1/2 cup duck stock, duck and veal stock*, chicken stock, or reduced-sodium chicken broth
    1/2 carrot
    1/2 celery rib

    For sauce
    1/3 cup sugar
    1/3 cup fresh orange juice (from 1 to 2 oranges)
    2 tablespoons white-wine vinegar
    1/8 teaspoon salt
    2 to 4 tablespoons duck or chicken stock or reduced-sodium chicken broth
    1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
    1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
    1 tablespoon fine julienne of fresh orange zest, removed with a vegetable peeler

    Special equipment: an instant-read thermometer; a 13- by 9-inch flameproof roasting pan

    Roast duck:
    Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 475°F.

    Stir together salt, coriander, cumin, and pepper. Pat duck dry and sprinkle inside and out with spice mixture. Cut 1 half of orange into quarters and put in duck cavity with thyme, marjoram, parsley, and 4 onion wedges.

    Squeeze juice from remaining half of orange and stir together with wine and stock. Set aside.

    Spread remaining 4 onion wedges in roasting pan with carrot and celery, then place duck on top of vegetables and roast 30 minutes.

    Pour wine mixture into roasting pan and reduce oven temperature to 350°F. Continue to roast duck until thermometer inserted into a thigh (close to but not touching bone) registers 170°F, 1 to 1 1/4 hours more. Turn on broiler and broil duck 3 to 4 inches from heat until top is golden brown, about 3 minutes.

    Tilt duck to drain juices from cavity into pan and transfer duck to a cutting board, reserving juices in pan. Let duck stand 15 minutes.

    Make sauce:
    While duck roasts, cook sugar in a dry 1-quart heavy saucepan over moderate heat, undisturbed, until it begins to melt. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally with a fork, until sugar melts into a deep golden caramel. Add orange juice, vinegar, and salt (use caution; mixture will bubble and steam vigorously) and simmer over low heat, stirring occasionally, until caramel is dissolved. Remove syrup from heat.

    Discard vegetables from roasting pan and pour pan juices through a fine-mesh sieve into a 1-quart glass measure or bowl, then skim off and discard fat. Add enough stock to pan juices to total 1 cup liquid.

    Stir together butter and flour to form a beurre manié. Bring pan juices to a simmer in a 1- to 2-quart heavy saucepan, then add beurre manié, whisking constantly to prevent lumps. Add orange syrup and zest and simmer, whisking occasionally, until sauce is thickened slightly and zest is tender, about 5 minutes. Serve with duck.
  8. Tracy

    Tracy Insatiably Curious Moderator Founding Member

    HelloOOo. Camo? Maybe they are there! :lol:
  9. E.L.

    E.L. Moderator of Lead Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    No Elbeaux or Melbeaux either..shoked
  10. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

    [LMAO] [booze] :oops:
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