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Red Duck With Apples - {Germano Alle Mele}

1 duck - (4 1/2 lbs)
1 1/2 cups white wine -- divided
1 1/2 cups cider vinegar -- divided
1 lemon -- juiced
Salt -- to taste
Freshly-ground black pepper -- to taste
1 pound tart apples, like Macoun -- peeled, cored, and cut into chunks, plus 2 apples -- peeled, sliced thin
2 sprigs rosemary leaves
1 garlic clove -- thinly sliced
2 cups Brown Chicken Stock -- (see recipe)
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1/4 cup chestnut honey
2 bunches chives -- thinly sliced

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Remove the head, neck, wing tips and feet of the bird and set aside for broth. Rinse the bird with cold water, then with 1 cup of the wine, 1 cup of the vinegar and lemon juice. Drain the liquids from the bird and rub the outside of the flesh with the liquids. Season the bird inside and out with salt and pepper. Stuff the bird with the chunked apples, rosemary and garlic and truss the bird with butcher’s twine.

Place the duck in a Dutch oven add remaining 1/2 cup white wine and roast in the oven, uncovered, for 1 hour, basting occasionally with the Brown Chicken Stock. When bird is cooked, remove from oven and allow to rest 10 minutes before carving.

Meanwhile, drain the fat from the pan and add the tomato paste. Cook 2 to 3 minutes until the tomato paste changes color and deglaze the pan with the remaining 1/2 cup cider vinegar. Add the remaining 2 apples and cook until they have softened, about 4 minutes. Add the chestnut honey and stir until a thin sauce has formed. Carve the bird, sprinkle the chives into the sauce and pour over. Serve immediately.

This recipe yields 6 servings.