Recipe courtesy of Deserea Clarke

Northern Italian Sweet and Sour Duck Sauce

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 hr 5 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Cook: 45 min
  • Yield: 1 quart
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16 ounces brown duck stock

10 ounces demi-glace, heated to a boil

1 clove garlic, peeled and minced

6 ounces honey

1 teaspoon hot red pepper flakes

4 ounces orange juice

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1 1/4 ounces balsamic vinegar

5 ounces hazelnut liqueur

3 ounces butter, whole, cut into pieces

Salt and ground white pepper


  1. Heat stock to a simmer and reduce by half.
  2. Add remaining ingredients, except vinegar, liqueur, butter, and seasoning, to the reduced stock and heat to simmer. Cook until desired flavor and consistency are achieved.
  3. Add vinegar, liqueur, and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Skim off any impurities, and adjust consistency as needed.
  4. Strain through a fine sieve into a clean saucepan. Add the butter, stirring constantly, not letting the sauce come to a boil, immediately before serving.