Duck with Cherries

  • Serves

    serves 2-4


This recipe is one of the many popular duck dishes served at the Bay Wolf restaurant in Oakland, California.


  • 8 cups enriched duck stock
  • 3 12 cups red wine
  • 2 tbsp. rendered duck fat
  • 4 duck gizzards or hearts
  • 2 shallots, peeled and sliced
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen pitted bing cherries
  • 1 cup dried pitted cherries
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 8 black peppercorns
  • 4 whole duck legs (with thighs)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


Step 1

Heat stock and 1 cup of the wine in a pot over low heat. Melt fat in a saucepan over medium heat, add gizzards and shallots, and cook until browned, 5–7 minutes. Add 2 cups hot stock, 1 cup of the bing cherries, ¾ cup of the dried cherries, the thyme, and peppercorns. Simmer until reduced by half, about 15 minutes. Add 1 cup stock; reduce by half again. Repeat with remaining stock, reducing until thick and velvety, about 2 hours in all. Strain and keep warm.

Step 2

Meanwhile, set oven rack in top third of oven, then preheat oven to 375°. Season duck with salt and pepper, then arrange skin side up in an 8" × 8" baking dish and roast for 1 hour. Pour off fat.

Step 3

Bring remaining 2½ cups wine, 1 cup bing cherries, and ¼ cup dried cherries to a boil in a saucepan over high heat. Pour over duck; return to oven. Roast until skin is golden red, about ½ hour.

Step 4

Transfer duck to a platter; strain braising liquid and reserve for other use. Add strained cherries to warmed reserved sauce and spoon over duck. Serve with grilled vegetables, if you like.

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