I was listening to the public radio show The Splendid Table the weekend before Thanksgiving, when they were discussing tips on making a smaller Thanksgiving meal. One of the guests suggested preparing a duck rather than the traditional turkey if you’re having a smaller gathering.
By that point I’d already purchased a bird for Thanksgiving, but the seed was planted in my brain. So now I’m toying with the idea of preparing a duck as a Christmas meal this year. Unfortunately the recipe they mentioned on the show is now behind a paywall (apparently they only made it free for Thanksgiving week). But from what I gathered from the show since duck is a fattier bird, simply roasting it in the same manner as a chicken doesn’t necessarily work so well. This other recipe on their site says to carve off the breasts part way through and finish them in a pan. So that’s one idea, but I am open to other tips or recipes.