Award-winning chef, restaurateur, and Prime Cuts host David Bancroft is known for reimagining, and redefining, wild-game cooking. When the Iron Chef Showdown contestant is out of the kitchen, however, he’s also known to be deep in the woods hunting up another field-to-table-inspired creation. And, his latest one—this ancho chili honey seared wood duck recipe with a sweet potato hash side—is absolutely to die for.
Bancroft and his son Walker harvested the protein for this dish at the family’s Union Springs, AL hunting camp south of Auburn. “Wood ducks are small birds, and a special species,” Bancroft notes. “It was like shooting dive-bombing birds!”
How to Clean Your Wood Duck
Cleaning a duck isn’t a simple thing, but if you’re a hunter, chances are you’re familiar with the process and can get right into this wood duck recipe. But, if you’re not, we’ll break it down a little bit here.
The first thing you want to do is let your duck rest in a cool place for 12 to 24 hours. This makes it easier to skin or pluck your bird.
After your bird rests you can either pluck or skin, depending on your preference.
Next, you’ll want to gut the duck. This is a multi-step process that involves getting your hands inside the bird and removing the innards. There are some great guides out there on how best to do that effectively.
How to Cook Your Wood Duck
How you cook your wood duck is entirely up to you. However, our favorite way is seared on a cast iron like David Bancroft does it in this wood duck recipe. It’s a simple and delicious wood duck recipe that you’re going to love. You’ll want to use over and over again. And, when you try it out, it’s clear Bancroft knows what he’s doing.
Anyone who’s ever dined at Auburn, AL-based Acre Restaurant will attest to David Bancroft’s passion for field-to-table cuisine. Because it becomes wildly apparent the moment they step inside. Further, those who know the Prime Cuts host personally will tell you he’s just as passionate about getting outdoors to pursue many of the wild-game species featured on its menu.
This wood duck recipe also pairs will with these sides:
- Candied Butternut Squash Recipe
- Joe Thomas’s Grilled Sweet Potato Slices
- Easy Snacks: Homemade Potato Chips