Pistachio And Fruit Stuffed Duck


1 Duck (4-5 pounds)
Salt and pepper
3 Small to medium fresh peaches, nectarines, apples
or (large) plums
6 Prunes, pitted
6 to 8 Dried apricot halves
1/2 cup Shelled, natural American pistachios


Preheat oven to 450°F. Rinse duck and pat dry with paper towels. Remove and discard giblets and excess fat. Prick duck skin all over with fork. Season lightly inside and out with salt and pepper. Quarter peaches or other fresh fruit, discarding stones or seeds. Stuff fresh fruit, prunes, apricots and pistachios into duck cavity. Skewer opening with metal picks to close. Set duck on rack in roasting pan. Place in oven, immediately reducing temperature to 350°F., and roast for 2 1/2 to 3 hours or until thermometer registers 180°F. in thick meaty place. Baste once or twice with pan juices while roasting. Transfer duck to platter and surround with fruit and nuts spooned out from cavity. Serve with gravy.
Gravy: While duck roasts, combine 1 jar (12 ounces) home style chicken gravy, 1 tablespoon chopped pistachios and 2 tablespoons sherry in saucepan. Place over low heat to warm. When duck is removed from broiler pan, pour all drippings into measuring cup, let settle, then spoon off fat. Add dark, rich drippings to gravy and heat to bubbling.

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fun facts

Pistachios, when eaten with high-carbohydrate foods, may result in lower than expected blood sugar levels, an important factor in reducing risk of diabetes.

According to a Penn State University study, it is suggested that pistachios reduce the body's biological response to stress.

One serving of pistachios has as much potassium (300mg, 8%) as an orange (250mg, 7%).

Pistachios are high in phytosterols which may lower cholesterol levels and decrease the risk of heart disease. In animal studies phytosterols have been shown to potentially have anti-cancer properties.

One serving of pistachios is 49 nuts, more than any other tree nut.

Forty-nine pistachios serve up to 20 percent of your Daily Value of B6, about the same as half an avocado.

You can obtain more dietary fiber from a serving of pistachios (3g) than a 1/2 cup of cooked broccoli, and the same amount of dietary fiber as an orange or an apple — approximately 10 percent of the Daily Value.

Just a single serving of pistachios provides you with the same amount of protein in a one-ounce serving of soybeans and can serve as a protein alternative to meat, poultry or beans according to the USDA Food Guide Pyramid.

Pistachios are a naturally cholesterol-free snack and contain just 1.5 grams of saturated fat.

Celebrate the greatness of nuts! October 22 is National Nut Day and February 26 is National Pistachio Day!