Tender whole roasted shredded duck carnitas served on carrot corn tortillas topped with fresh guacamole and red chili salsa.
WHAT’S GOING ON HERE:
Whole duck: A whole duck is really easy to handle. While using any cut of duck make sure to score the fat so that the seasoning can penetrate and the fat doesn’t constrict the meat.
Sherry: Sherry is floral and citrusy it’s a perfect addition to the duck. Simply pour it into the pan for the duck to set in and the sherry will permeate the fat resulting in a delicious basting liquid for the duck.
Garlic: Whole garlic laid to the side of the duck permeates the fat. Once roasted mashing the garlic while basting gives a nice burst of garlicky flavor.
Red chili salsa: red chili salsa can be used in two ways in this dish. once shredded fry the duck meat in the remaining salsa. the red chili sauce coats the duck nicely resulting in a crispier duck or serve it over the top.
TIPS & TRICKS FOR THE BEST DUCK CARNITAS
score the skin: scoring the skin is easy. take a sharp knife and slice the duck skin right before the flesh. scoring the skin keeps the duck from tightening. if you’re not comfortable slicing poke the skin with a fork to help crisp the skin.
skin-side down: placing the duck breast side down will render down some of the fat. rendering down some of the fat will melt into a perfect basting liquid for the rest of the duck., one flipped over breast side up the duck breast get golden brown and crispy. at this point mash the garlic and baste the duck with its own fat.
oven shelves: for this recipe, you’ll want to use both racks of the oven. for the beginning part of the recipe place the duck skin side down on the lowest shelf in the oven. that way the thickest part of the fat has direct contact with the heat. place the duck on the top rack closest to the roof of the oven to get the duck golden and crispy.
flipping the duck: when flipping the duck it may be easier to flip it once removed from the oven and set on the counter. i like to get a wide sturdy spatula and a wide meat shredding fork to help make it a sturdy flip. the excess fat will help the duck slip right off of the baking tray. flipping the duck is important to roasting and drying out the fat.
SIMILAR INGREDIENTS TO:
- BEEF & OAXACA TACOS
- BIRD’S EYE CHILI PAN FRIED FLOUNDER TACOS + ZUCCHINI SLAW
- NOPALES (CACTUS) BREAKFAST TACOS
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