A Christmas Menu With Roast Duck


Roast duck adds a rich flavor to any Christmas menu. A “Christmas menu” is customarily a full feast with a savory main dish, several side dishes and an indulgent dessert. Roast duck is versatile enough that you can create a Christmas menu around it using any kind of cuisine. From Asian to Italian, there are many roast duck dinners that are scrumptious enough to become a Christmas tradition.

American-Style Menu

  • Serve roasted duck with a brown sauce made with flour, parsley and roasted juices from the pan for a traditional, American-style Christmas menu. Pair the duck with buttery mashed potatoes for a creamy side with a mellow taste. Toss together iceberg lettuce, red cabbage, carrots, celery, onions and ranch dressing to make a light dish with a strong crunch. Simmer cranberries in sugar water to create a colorful side with a tangy twist. End the dinner with an assortment of Christmas candies, such as peppermint bark, peanut brittle and chocolate-covered cherries.

Asian-Style Menu

  • Dip roasted duck slices in a soy sauce, orange marmalade and ginger powder mixture for a sweet and salty Christmas dish with an Asian influence. Toss jasmine rice with sesame seeds for a simple side that you can serve beside or under the duck. Stir-fry carrots, water chestnuts, bamboo shoots and green onions in a light ginger and rice vinegar sauce to make a healthy side dish with a little zip. Mix mandarin oranges and cherries together for a juicy salad with a burst of sweetness. Stir finely chopped vanilla beans, dried apricots and almonds into rice pudding for a silky and sophisticated sweet.

Italian-Style Menu

  • Baste a roasting duck with a tomato-basil sauce to create a slightly sweet main course for an Italian-style Christmas dinner. Toss mixed greens, celery, onions and grated Parmesan cheese with oil and vinegar dressing for a light side with a hint of tang. Mix spiral noodles, olives, pine nuts, tomatoes, basil, parsley, garlic, oil, vinegar and sugar for a filling pasta salad that echoes the flavor of the roast duck sauce. Sprinkle garlic bread with shredded mozzarella cheese to create a flavorful side dish that you can use to sop up the leftover duck juices. Finish the meal with chocolate mascarpone pudding, which is a pudding made with buttery Italian cheese and milk chocolate, for a rich and creamy treat.

French-Style Menu

  • Brush a roasting duck with a sauce made with butter, parsley, thyme, garlic salt and white pepper for a French-style Christmas dish with a light herbal flavor. Bake scalloped potatoes with a butter, breadcrumb and blue-cheese topping to create an au gratin side with a hint of heady taste. Saute green beans in parsley butter with sliced almonds for a crunchy amandine dish that gently repeats the herbal flavor of the duck sauce. Serve the meal with crusty French bread to soak up the juices from each dish. Cover a chocolate sheet cake with chocolate buttercream frosting, roll the cake into a log shape and cover with more chocolate frosting to create an indulgent buche de noel, or Yule log, cake.

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