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Holiday Menu: Roast Duck with Pomegranate Sauce

The holidays seem like the perfect time to get a little creative and make a beautiful, slow-roasted duck instead of a turkey. If duck isn't for you, file away our roasting instructions for another day and use the rest of the menu (including the sauce) to accompany a turkey, turkey breast, game hens, chicken, roast pork, or even ham.

Holiday Menu: Roast Duck with Pomegranate Sauce

The sauce, sides, appetizer, dessert and even the wines will work just perfectly with any of those more traditional choices.

appetizer

Apple-Cranberry Chutney

Dried apples and cranberries combine with rosemary and other great flavors for an easy make-ahead chutney to serve with a wide variety of cheeses.
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main course

Roast Duck with Spiced Pomegranate Sauce

Slow roasted whole duck yields a flavorful, moist bird with a beautiful, crispy skin - perfect when served with the accompanying fragrant spiced pomegranate sauce.
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side dishes

Roasted Beet, Walnut and Baby Spinach Salad

This salad boasts the earthy flavor of roasted fresh beets, combined with toasted walnuts and fresh tender spinach and a light and creamy orange dressing.
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Maple-Glazed Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

These Brussels sprouts are glazed with a little maple syrup and tossed with crumbled bacon - a simple combo that goes great with just about any roasted poultry or pork.
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Sweet and Savory Corn Bread Stuffing

A special variation on regular Corn Bread Stuffing that adds your choice of dried fruits and a little bit of orange juice to complement the flavors of the duck.
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dessert

Orange-Spiced Poached Pears

Pears poached in orange juice spiced with ground ginger, nutmeg and vanilla make a light way to end a satisfying holiday dinner.
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