Do you have hunters in your family who keep bringing home ducks? We had better start doing something with them, because the season runs through January. Here is a great resource for preparing your next wild game dinner: The Duck Commander Recipe Blog. Have you seen these guys? I’m pretty sure they know how to cook a duck.
My husband (the one bringing home all of the ducks at my house) says the recipe that follows is a good one, but you need to throw in two cups of okra.
- 8 ducks
- bay leaf
- peanut oil
- 3 white onions
- 3 green onions
- Cayenne pepper
- Duck Commander seasoning
- Place 8 fully cleaned ducks into a large pot filled with water.
- Add salt and black pepper to taste, and one bay leaf to pot.
- Boil ducks for 2-1/2 hours.
- While your ducks are boiling you can prepare your roux in another large pot.
- For 8 ducks, mix 3 cups of flour and 3 cups of peanut oil.
- After stirring your flour and oil to a consistent paste, heat it on a medium-low temperature.
- Stir thoroughly until color is a dark chocolate brown. (Should take 35-40 minutes.)
- Dice up 3 white onions, 3 green onions, and a handful of parsley.
- Once your roux is dark brown, mix in your onions and parsley. (Watch out for the steam.)
- Add a dab of garlic.
- After your ducks have boiled for 2-1/2 hours. Take them out of the pot (saving your broth) and separate the meat from bone.
- Take your broth and fill your roux pot just over half full.
- Turn your heat up to boiling again.
- When the peanut oil rises to the top of your pot, remove it with a spoon.
- Sprinkle a small amount cayenne pepper and Duck Commander seasoning into the pot.
- Dice up some sausage into nickel size pieces.
- Then dump all your duck meat and sausage into your gumbo.
- Let it simmer for at least 3-4 hours. Serve gumbo over rice and enjoy!
Like most soups and gumbos, better the next day; let flavors merge by either simmering a while or serving on the following day. Freezes well. Just cook a fresh serving of rice alongside your gumbo prepared in advance. (And remember to add two cups of okra while it simmers!)
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