Keto duck roast is the first poultry roast that has ever been published on Greek Goes Keto since on KMD we try to avoid poultry. Well, if you eat it, try to make it only on rare occasions. Yes, Greek Goes Keto does never include chicken, but here or there you’ll find some other birds. And then stuffed with Valentine’s spirit? What do we mean by that?! Of course, the oldfashioned saying – “Love goes through the stomach” is our “leitmotif” but there’s something else…
Why spend hundreds on restaurants for Valentine’s day?
It’s a known thing, Valentine’s is the day of the merchants and everybody will try to use this day to boost the sales of their services or goods. From travel agents, hotel managements to expensive dinners and parties. Modern humans want everything ready and instant. That’s why most people just eat out on this day! But what if we really want to make it special? Are we bored to cook a special meal and enjoy it at home? How about if we just cook it a day before and take it as a picnic food on the actual 14th of February?
Keto duck roast for Valentine’s day?
Last year we gave you a wonderful recipe for Red velvet cupcakes. This Keto creation brought many smiles to Ketonian faces after they made them. However, this year we wanted to gift you the main course treat! Duck roast is more Keto than any other poultry roast! In fact, Duck is the only bird that offers more fat than any other nutrient. Let’s have a look:
|28.4 g||19.0 g||0 g|
Why Greek Goes Keto doesn’t recommend duck more often?
Well, macros are amazing, aren’t they? Even the mineral and vitamins content is beyond believable. You can check all of them in this article by Michael Joseph. Eating duck will provide you with some powerful micronutrients and also aminos that could help you sleep better, live healthier and have beautiful skin.
In particular, I am talking about Glycine. This is an interesting amino acid that can greatly improve your health. The domesticated duck will give you 1614mg of Glycine per 100g!!! However, eating duck, or any other poultry too often will mess up the antiinflammatory properties of our KMD. Why is that? Have a look at the table below:
|Ω3 (Omega 3)||Ω6 (Omega 6)|
|290 mg||3360 mg|
Honestly, this is a very unfair ratio! This much omega-6 and this little omega-3 on daily basis will not be the healthiest option. The importance of the ratio of omega-6/omega-3 essential fatty acids is perfectly explained in this scientific article.
How a true Keto foodie can fix the omega 3 to 6 ratio?
Keto duck roast, for the special occasion of Valentine’s day or any other special occasion, will be prepared with the passion of Keto foodie. Therefore, we’ll add some great sources of omega-3 to balance this healthy and delicious roast. Let’s have a look…
Adding even more fat to Keto duck roast? Yes, why not?
I decided to go all the way into an animal food source. After all, nutrition density is my goal! So I used veal tallow, sheep butter and smoked beef to flavour and “juicify” my ground veal for the filling. Then I added just a bit of pickled horn peppers and some interesting Mediterranean (Greek) herbs. Ohh the smell while I was preparing the filling. I already knew this couldn’t fail!
What about the wonderful Valentine’s red sauce?
As you can see in the photos, I covered my duck roast with something shiny and red. Well, I was thinking about my meat chocolate sauce, but then I remember that nothing goes better with duck than some berries. My no-cooking Keto strawberry marmalade jumped in and made all the magic.
Trust me, if you love someone that much, preparing this Keto duck roast will be the best way to demonstrate it. If Love goes through the stomach, this Keto meal will prove it on so many levels. After all, the best aphrodisiac comes in the form of sharing the meal prepared at home! Healthy and fresh ingredients can only help there!
Let’s be super-ultra magical
Keto duck roast – stuffed with Valentine’s spiritCourse: Main Dishes, MediterraneanCuisine: Keto MediterraneanDifficulty: Medium
500g (1 lb) ground veal (or lamb)
40g finely chopped smoked beef
2 tbsp veal or mutton tallow
2 tablespoons butter (I used goat/sheep butter)
1 finely chopped pickled horn pepper
1 tbsp smoked red paprika (mild)
1 tsp oregano
2/3 tsp Ceylon cinnamon
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp white pepper (you can use black)
1 tsp garlic powder
2 large eggs (you can use duck or goose eggs)
- The Duck
1 medium to large domesticated duck
1 large organic lemon
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp dried peppermint
All the fat from the filling
2 or 4 tbsp of our raw Keto strawberry marmalade
- If you don’t have Keto strawberry marmalade, it would be good to prepare it before starting the duck project!
- Melt the butter and tallow in a deep pan and add chopped smoked beef. Stir for a minute or two and then add ground veal (or lamb).
- Stir until meat is brown. Add red smoked paprika, chopped horn pepper, salt, oregano and cinnamon. You can add a bit water to speed up the cooking.
- After 5-10 minutes, add white pepper and remove from heat. Now add 2 eggs and stir energetically.
- Wash the duck and rub it from inside out with sea salt. Place at least 8 sheets of parchment paper in a baking pan and place the duck in the middle. Make sure there is enough of paper around the duck to wrap it.
- Using a spoon, stuff the duck with meat filling and close it using wooden toothpicks. This will prevent the filling from falling out during the baking.
- In the pan where you prepared the filling, you will notice a lot of liquid fat that will be red in colour due to smoked paprika. Pour all of this fat all over your duck and rub it in.
- Cut the lemon in half and squeeze the juice of one half over the duck. Slice the other half of lemon,
- Season the duck with peppermint and place the lemon slices on top. Pour some water around (around half a cup), ideally next tot he wings. Now wrap the duck with the parchment paper and secure it with toothpicks.
- Place the duck in the oven preheated to 240ºC (460ºF) for 1 hour. After that reduce the heat to 200ºC (390ºF) and bake for another 30 minutes.
- Finally, open the parchment paper and uncover the duck. Return it to the oven and roast for another 25 minutes or until you see the golden crust is created. If your oven doesn’t have the roasting function, just use the highest temperature and watch not to burn it.
- Serve the duck with a side of the meat filling. Cover it with 4 tablespoons of heated Keto strawberry marmalade and decorate with a few berries (I used bluberries and blackberries).
- You can have 4 portions of duck. If you have some left over, you can reheat it and serve it on the next day or chop the meat, mix with some filling, cover it with Keto Quail egg mayonnaise and enjoy it as a salad. Ideally, on a picnic!
- Well, it’s a special occasion and a glass of red wine would not kill anyone. To make it totally special, I recommend to use a glass of blackberry wine on your special day!