Saturday, October 13, 2007
The zafarani polow (Persian saffron rice) made a colorful bed for the fessenjan (Persian walnut-pomegranate glaze with Cornish game hens), but a dusting of pomegranate seeds from my tree and the dish became a thing of beauty.
I adapted my fessenjan recipe for the glaze and used my baked chicken recipe to roast duck for the first time. The glaze worked perfectly and the skin was incredibly flavorful while the meat was moist and succulent. It was so good that after eating dinner, and eating slices of roast duck skin, my friend stayed around and ate a second dinner. :)
Fessenjan (Persian Walnut-Pomegranate Glaze with Roast Duck)
For 1 roast duck, you'll need:
1 tsp salt per pound of duck
2 small onions or 1 medium-sized
1/2 cup walnuts, or more according to taste
1/2 cup pomegranate glaze/syrup, or more according to taste. (Pomegranate glaze can be found at Middle Eastern grocery stores, or Trader Joe's. Double the amount and strain out the seeds if using whole pomegranates.)
Wash and rinse the duck. Then rub 1 tsp of salt per pound of duck all over the outside skin and inner cavity. Puree two small onions and 1/2 cup walnuts until a thick paste is formed. Add 1/2 cup pomegranate syrup. Mixture will still be pretty thick. Rub all over the duck again. Cover with plastic wrap and leave at room temperature for an hour for the duck to absorb the marinade.
Duck is very fatty, so it's best to roast it on an oven rack that holds the duck above the pan so the fat drips out.
Bake duck breast side down at 375 degrees for 45 minutes. Turn over so breast side is up, adjust temperature down to 325 degrees and cook for another hour until skin is crisp and golden.
After the duck is done, allow it to rest at room temperature for at least 15 minutes before carving. Otherwise, the juices will all run out.
Don't throw away the fat or the carcass, you can use them to make duck fat-roasted potatoes with rosemary and rice porridge with preserved duck eggs.
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