Friday, April 1, 2011

Maple Leaf Farms Makes Dinner Easy with Fully Cooked Roast Half Duck

Guest Post By Maple Leaf Farms

Maple Leaf Farms is a third-generation family-owned and operated duck company in Indiana that has been in business since 1958. The company also operates its own feed mills to ensure the highest quality nutrition for its ducks.

The company sponsors culinary competitions and recipe contests with duck being the main ingredient. In January, Maple Leaf Farms partnered with food blogger Ott, A as the sponsor of the duck "Iron Chef Challenge," and even provided a chef to serve as the contest judge.

Maple Leaf Farms recently received some national attention when Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels made a friendly Final Four wager with Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell over the Butler/VCU game. If VCU wins, Daniels will present McDonnell with Maple Leaf Farms duck products, including some fully cooked Roast Half Duck, the company’s flagship product for more than 30 years.

Roast Half Duck is a very versatile product and can be used in everything from appetizers to soups to entrées. This recipe for Rotisserie Half Duck and Pasta is easy to make and is a great addition to any table.

Rotisserie Half Duck and Pasta
Serving Size: 6 Servings


3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
12 Ounces Portobello Mushrooms, sliced
1 Pound Artichoke Hearts, quartered
3 Tablespoons Chopped Garlic
1 1/2 Cup White Wine
3/4 Cup Balsamic Vinegar
1 Quart Duck Stock or Chicken Broth
2 Maple Leaf Farms Rotisserie Roast Half Ducks
1 1/2 Cup Chopped Plum Tomatoes
6 Tablespoons Chopped Sage
3 Ounces Unsalted Butter
Dash Salt and Pepper

3 Pounds Cooked Pappardelle

Chopped Sage
Sage Leaves
Lemon Curls


1. See package for preparing Maple Leaf Farms Rotisserie Half Duck. When cooled, remove meat from bones and shred. Set aside.

2. Saute mushrooms and artichoke hearts in oil until light brown. Add garlic; cook 1 minute. Add wine, reduce by one-half. Add vinegar and duck stock; reduce by one-half. Add duck meat, tomatoes and sage; heat through. Season with salt and pepper. Finish with butter by stirring in butter.

3. Toss pasta with sauce. Garnish with sage and lemon curls. Serve immediately.

NOTE: Maple Leaf Farms Roast Half Duck may be substituted for the Rotisserie Half Duck. 

1 comment:

Leah @ Beyer Beware said...

I have one in my freezer! I know what I am making this weekend.