Anyone who has ever had ducks, specifically male ducks, knows what I am talking about. For those who think drakes are just cute little waddlers won’t get it when I say that the day for processing extra drakes cannot come too soon, even if they are too skinny. It was a blistery day, raining and cold, but I had my knife sharpened and was not going to let any of those buggers get away. It had been like an x-rated free-for-all and all the lady ducks, the young roosters, the hens, everyone were just trying to run and hide from the ravenously romantic drakes. Ok, it is not romantic at all and I had had enough.
So now we have one very happy drake and he has three wives which keep him busy and they have a break because they share him. The breed is Khaki Campbell and they are known for being heavy egg layers, which they are. Big gorgeous eggs and dear little birds.
Ok, so don’t laugh. I know he is scrawny and has so little meat and fat, so I wanted to roast him to bring out his best, and the best is usually brought out with bacon.
I soaked my Romertopf clay roaster in water for thirty minutes. Place the bird in the roaster, salt and pepper him and add a thinly sliced onion on top and to the sides. Slice thin an organic tangelo, removing any seeds, and place the slices on top of the bird. It needs to be organic because the most delectable part is eating the roasted tangelo skin and all.
I poured on some Master Tonic and then placed bacon on top of everything.
Put the clay lid on and place in a cold oven so the clay does not break. Turn oven on to 350 for about 2 and 1/2 hours give or take.
Next time I will probably use a lower temperature and longer cooking time, adding more Master Tonic for moisture so the bird will be more tender. Spoon the lovely sweet and savory juices on top of everything.
I’m not too proud to admit that though I dined alone tonight, I literally licked my plate, and it was so good that I probably would have if we had dinner guests. 🙂
Did I mention what a delight it is to be on a low carb / high fat diet?