Thursday, January 1, 2015

This Year's Christmas Duck -- And Duck Chili, Too

So we are at the beginning of a brand new year. I'm still thinking back fondly on our Christmas duck, something that's become a yearly tradition for both Seth and I as I've mentioned in the past. I've really become quite good at cooking these succulent little birds by now and have certainly gotten it down to a science. This one was stuffed with various fruits, vegetables, and herbs we had around the house. As you can see from the picture, it roasted up perfectly this time around. In fact, I think this is the tastiest duck we've had so far.

This year, we made sure to get a shot of some of the food actually plated for a change. This is Seth's shot of his duck drumstick and his sides. The duck was served alongside chipotle-bacon mashed potatoes, herbed stuffing, oven-roasted yellow corn, and warm rolls with homemade garlic butter. The gravy was a homemade citrus gravy that contained some of the duck's wonderful fat, all flavored with those wonderful things the bird was stuffed with.

No cat and wolf holiday feast would be complete without a special wine, beer, or liquor to enjoy with it. This year, Seth got us a bottle of Kraken, something we'd been wanting to try for a while. It was quite delicious and made the perfect after-dinner treat after all that wonderful, rich duck and gravy. Especially considering how cold and windy it's been lately. It really made it feel like Christmas.

Then last weekend, what was left of the delicious duck meat and fat went into a batch of homemade duck chili. In addition to the duck, the chili had red beans, black beans, habanero peppers, sweet chilis, carrot, celery, onion, my special blend of spices, and generous amounts of red wine. (As you can see from my photo, I really like my chili with a little Parmesan and some mini Saltines on top.) Some of the leftovers were served over spaghetti Cincinnati style for a later meal as well. 

Really, it was all delicious. I don't think we've ever "gotten sick" of leftovers or not looked forward to all the different things we could do with them and the chili that was made with this leftover duck was no exception. In fact, I'm thinking of having some more in a few minutes here! Wonderful winter eats indeed. 
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