I put off baking it for 7 days because I find duck difficult to do right. Finally, though, it was defrosted long enough that I had to do something or else throw its $20 self in the trash. After reading through most of my cook books, Jamie Oliver's Jamie's Dinners offered a recipe that sounded easy and good enough to try.
By the time I had it in the oven I was salivating and wishing the 2 hour cooking time would hurry by. In the end, the house smelled great, the meat pulled away temptingly from the bone and the skin had a flavorful crunch to it.
Go Jamie! His book also includes my favorite ever recipe for roasted chicken.
A poem to honor our happy duck eating moment!
Eat a Duck
Eat a duck, quack-quack,
eat a duck, quack-quack,
when you're hungry and you really need a snack, quack-quack.
When you've fizzled and you're knackered
and they're calling you a slacker,
there's nothing like a quacker on a cracker.